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Cnidoscolus urens

Cnidoscolus urens (L.) Arthur

Cnidoscolus, Finger Rot, Tread Softly

Euphorbiaceae (Spurge family)

Synonym(s): Jatropha urens


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Shrub
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 4 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AL , FL , GA , KY , LA , MS , NC , SC , VA
Native Habitat: Sandhills, dry sandy woods and sandy old fields.

Web Reference

Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2020-03-09
Research By: CBR

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