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Added: 18th November 2009 Description:
Found in Gwithian beach on a phase one mapping exercise
Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be. Notes: There are two very similar species that you get at the tops of beaches, and off the top of my head I can't remember the name of either. I think distinguishing them depends on the leaf cross-section.
Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain. Notes: This and E. portlandica (Portland Spurge)are undoubtedly the ones John is thinking of. And they can be difficult to tell apart. E.paralias tends to be larger and more erect, but whereas E. partlandica is more variable in habit it too can grow in an erect form. But it's a good general clue. One is supposed to be able to tell by looking at the midrib (prominent in E. portlandica and obscure in E. paralias) but that can be difficult to assess unless both species are growing nearby, even with practice. The best way to tell them apart in my view is to look at the seeds - smooth in E. paralias, pitted in E. portlandica - but then perhaps there are no seeds, or your lens isn't good enough! E, paralias generally has thick succulent leaves, which are often widest at the base, whereas E. potlandica leaves taper to the base - but be sure to look at the upper leaves, the lower ones in E. paralias are often different! The leaves of E. portlandica often (normally in my expererience), have an apiculate tip (ie a small point sticking out of the tip of the leaf). They can be tricky! And this one? Well one balance it looks like E. paralias - habit and leaf shape.
No interactions present.
Other observations of Sea Spurge ( Euphorbia paralias) Species with which
Sea Spurge ( interacts Euphorbia paralias)