Chamaesyce albomarginata (Torr. & A. Gray) Small
Whitemargin sandmat, Rattlesnake-weed
Euphorbiaceae (Spurge Family)
Synonym(s): Euphorbia albomarginata
USDA Symbol: CHAL11
One of the showiest of the low spurges, it was once thought useful for treatment of snakebite; hence its common name. The cup-like structure has many simple flowers: those producing pollen have only 1 stamen; those producing seeds consist of just an ovary. Around the edge of the cup are several glands which may or may not have petal-like appendages. The entire structure mimics a single flower, whose structure is typical of many species of Euphorbia.
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Bloom InformationBloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , HI , LA , NM , NV , OK , TX , UT
Native Distribution: Southeastern California and southern Utah to Oklahoma; south to Mexico.
Native Habitat: Open areas in deserts, arid grassland, and pinon and juniper woodland.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Chamaesyce albomarginata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Chamaesyce albomarginata in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2010-06-16
Research By: TWC Staff