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Chamaesyce nutans (Nodding spurge)
Lynn, Janice

Chamaesyce nutans

Chamaesyce nutans (Lag.) Small

Nodding Spurge, Eyebane

Euphorbiaceae (Spurge Family)

Synonym(s): Chamaesyce maculata, Chamaesyce preslii, Euphorbia maculata, Euphorbia nutans, Euphorbia preslii

USDA Symbol: CHNU9

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), HI (I), PR (N), VI (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Root Type: Tap
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Leaf Margin: Entire , Serrate
Breeding System: Flowers Unisexual
Leaf: The leaf is light green underneath.The top surface may have a red spot in the middle.
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Red , Green
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
Bloom Notes: The flower and the fruit can turn red in bright sunlight. The bloom may last 1 to 2 months.


USA: AL , AR , CA , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , ND , NE , NJ , NM , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , WI , WV
Canada: ON
Native Habitat: Blackland, clay, and gravel prairies, thickets, sunny spots in woodlands, fields and pastures, roadsides, lawns and gardens, and waste areas.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Drought Tolerance: High

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0344 Collected May 26, 1987 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe

1 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium

Additional resources

USDA: Find Chamaesyce nutans in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Chamaesyce nutans in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Chamaesyce nutans


Record Modified: 2018-09-24
Research By: TWC Staff

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