Irish wildflowers BSBI map

Irish Spurge, Euphorbia hyberna, Bainne caoin

Irish Spurge
Euphorbia hyberna
Bainne caoin
Family: Euphorbiaceae

Flowering time: April-June. Perennial. Native.

Bright-yellow inflorescences, the umbels 5-branched. Broadly oval bracts with oval or kidney-shaped yellow glands. Very warty fruit containing yellowish seeds. The stalkless leaves are alternate, oblong-lanceolate and untoothed on erect and unbranched stems. Slightly downy.

Abundant in the south-west of Ireland on acidic soils in grassland, open woodland, roadsides and riverbanks, rare elsewhere.
Part of the Lusitanian Flora


Irish Spurge, Euphorbia hyberna, Bainne caoin

Irish Spurge, Euphorbia hyberna, Bainne caoin
Irish Spurge, Euphorbia hyberna, Bainne caoin
Photographs: Co. Cork

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