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Euphorbia fendleri  Torr. & A. Gray
Cimarron National Grassland, Morton County, Kansas
Height: Prostrate
Family: Euphorbiaceae - Spurge Family
Flowering Period:   May, June, July, August
Stems: Prostrate to ascending, 2 to 6 inches long, glabrous; not rooting at nodes. Sap milky.
Leaves: Cauline, opposite; stipules distinct, linear, usually entire, .02 to .04 inch, glabrous; petiole .02 to .04 inch, glabrous; blade orbiculate to ovate or lanceolate, .12 to .3 inch long, .08 to .28 inch wide, base asymmetric, cordate to rounded or obtuse, margins entire, apex rounded to obtuse, surfaces glabrous.
Inflorescences: Cyathia, axillary, solitary; peduncle .03 to .05 inch.
Flowers: Involucres campanulate to turbinate, .04 to .07 inch long, .08 to .07 inch wide, glabrous; glands 4, yellowish green to reddish green, elliptic to oblong; appendage usually white, rarely pink, discoid, entire to toothed, sometimes absent. Staminate flowers 25-35, sepals 0; petals 0; stamen 1. Pistillate flower: sepals 0; petals 0; pistil stipitate; ovary glabrous; styles 3, bifid for half their lengths.
Fruits: Capsules 3-lobed, depressed-globose, .08 to .09 inch, glabrous, stipe usually much-elongating in fruit; seeds white, angular-ovoid, .07 to .08 inch, smooth to wrinkled; caruncle absent.
Habitat: Rocky to gravelly or sandy mixed-grass and shortgrass prairies
Distribution: West 2/5 of Kansas
Origin: Native
Comments: Euphorbia for Euphorbus, 1st century Greek physcian and fendleri for Augustus Fendler, Prussian-born American botanist.

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