Nodding Spurge, Eyebane, Eyebane Sandmat
Synonyms of Euphorbia nutans (15) (Updated on 11-22-21 from Plants of the World Online): Chamaesyce lansingii Millsp., Chamaesyce nutans (Lag.) Small, Chamaesyce preslii (Guss.) Arthur, Euphorbia androsaemifolia C.Presl, Euphorbia gibraltarica Wolley-Dod, Euphorbia hypericifolia var. communis Engelm., Euphorbia nutans var. glaberrima Thell., Euphorbia potosina var. lamasis Carvajal & Lomelí, Euphorbia preslii Guss., Euphorbia preslii var. andicola Danguy & Cherm., Euphorbia preslii var. glaberrima Boiss., Euphorbia pseudonutans Thell., Euphorbia refracta Lowe, Euphorbia trinervis Bertol., Tithymalus nutans (Lag.) Samp.
Euphorbia nutans Lag. is the accepted scientific name for this species of Euphorbia. It was named and described as such by Mariano Lagasca y Segura in Genera et Species Plantarum in 1816.
The genus, Euphorbia L., was named and described as such by Carl von Linnaeus in the first edition of the first volume of Species Plantarum in 1753.
As of 11-22-21 when this page was last updated, Plants of the World Online by kew lists 2,002 species in the Euphorbia genus. It is a member of the plant family Euphorbiaceae with 227 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made on POWO. The number of species in the genus fluctuates often.
The above distribution map for Euphorbia nutans is from Plants of the World Online. Areas in green are where the species is native and purple where it has been introduced. The map on the USDA Plants Database for North America (above Mexico) is similar but doesn’t include Washington.
The map on iNaturalist shows where members have made observations. Anyone can join and it is a great website to confirm and share your observations. The maps on iNaturalist are continually updated as members post new observations.
THERE ARE SEVERAL LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR FURTHER READING AND TO HELP WITH A BETTER POSITIVE ID.
I found a few colonies of Euphorbia nutans (Nodding Spurge) along the edge of the south hayfield on my farm on September 30 in 2021. It was the first time I photographed and identified this species. I never know what I will find and it is always good to identify new species. Common names include Nodding Spurge, Eyebane, Eyebane Sandmat, and probably others.
I apologize for not writing descriptions at the moment. I am busy updating the plant pages, adding photos I took over the summer, and adding pages for plants I identified in 2021. This is a wintertime project… I will go back later and add descriptions as I have time. There are several links at the bottom of the page written by experts that know much more than I do. Writing descriptions of the plant, flowers, stems, leaves, etc. is a lengthy process and I get behind. 🙂
I took more photos on October 22 in 2021.
Sometimes I find a plant one year and can’t find them the next. I hope I can find these in 2022 so I can get more photos.
I have enjoyed photographing and learning about the many wildflowers growing on the farm and other areas. My farm is in Windsor, Missouri in Pettis County (Henry County is across the street and Benton and Johnson aren’t far away). I have grown over 500 different plants and identified over 100 species of wildflowers (most have pages listed on the right side of the page). I am not an expert, botanist, or horticulturalist. I just like growing, photographing, and writing about my experience. I rely on several websites for ID and a few horticulturalists I contact if I cannot figure them out. Wildflowers can be somewhat variable from location to location, so sometimes it gets a bit confusing. If you see I have made an error, please let me know so I can correct what I have written.
I hope you found this page useful and be sure to check the links below for more information. They were written by experts and provide much more information. Some sites may not be up-to-date but they are always a work in progress. If you can, I would appreciate it if you would click on the “Like” below and leave a comment. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. You can also send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would enjoy hearing from you especially if you notice something is a bit whacky.
FOR FURTHER READING:
PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
INTERNATIONAL PLANT NAMES INDEX (GENUS/SPECIES)
FLORA OF NORTH AMERICA (GENUS/SPECIES)
WORLD FLORA ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
USDA PLANTS DATABASE
KANSAS WILDFLOWERS AND GRASSES
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
MARYLAND BIODIVERSITY PROJECT
NOTE: The data (figures, maps, accepted names, etc.) may not match on these websites. It depends on when and how they make updates and when their sources make updates. Some websites have hundreds and even many thousands of species to keep up with. Accepted scientific names change periodically and it can be hard to keep with as well. Some of the links may use a name that is a synonym on other sites. In my opinion, Plants of the World Online by Kew is the most reliable and up-to-date plant database and they make updates on a regular basis. I make updates “at least” once a year and when I write new pages or add new photos but I do get behind. We are all a work in progress. 🙂