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Guybrush

Hi folks,

Can anyone help me ID this plant for me. It seems to have seeded itself in my veg bed. It looks familiar but I can't quite put my finger on it.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3672/9725482354_931b775eff.jpg

Cheers

James

addict

Weed but quite a pretty one til it gets past its best. Its a Euphorbia lathyris. 

nutcutlet

I reckon aliens are distributing this one.

Guybrush

Ah Euphorbia! Thanks, I thought it looked a bit like a False Caper I had once and aparently it's related. I'm not sure how it got there, I guess aliens is one possibility lol.

Cheers

James

nutcutlet

I think I've heard those called false capers. I don't think they're a substitute though

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Had this mystery in my mums garden a few years back. If I remember rightly it throws its seeds everywhere if the pods burst.

addict

Lol nut. Can you imagine the taste or rather the burn on the way down?!

Mow it certainly does as do most Euphorbias. I grew E. Wulfenii in my garden and when  sat in the garden I could hear them exploding! Didn't mind tho. Easy to pull out where I didn't want them and plenty to share around 

nutcutlet

someone gave me some seed heads of a euphorbia and I put them in my shirt pocket. They were exploding all the way home. Odd sensation

Guybrush

Ha I never knew that they exploded! With the false caper I had before, I was given it with the assurity that it was a true caper. As I picked one of the pods though, some white sap appeared which gave me doubt. I tested some on my tongue and it started to burn so I researched it and found it was toxic.

I think with this new one I'll probably move it to my 'wild' garden as I don't think I want exploding plants in my vegetable patch.

addict

Nut would have loved to have seen your expression  

Guy was that friend or foe who gave it to you?!

The sap is awful stuff. It is photosensitive and I got some on my gloves once, had hair in my face and used the back of my glove to push it away a few times. A few hours later I had blisters all over my cheeks like I had poured boiling water on my face!!!!!!! 

Dovefromabove

I got some of the sap on my legs on a sunny day when I was a child - within a very little while I was very poorly indeed - my legs were all red and puffy and swollen and I felt very ill - I wasn't very old and can't remember what the treatment was, but I can remember the doctor visiting me 

Guybrush

I thought they were a friend but now I wonder lol.

nutcutlet

yes,I've been attacked as well. E. myrsinites. Cut off some stems on a hot day, I wasn't aware of any sap but an hour or so later my face went numb/and tingly Guesed immediately what it was and showered my face. Muat have screwed my eyes up though, very sore and red on the eyelids for a day or 2 and all the skin peeled off.

 

addict

Dove you poor thing! Nut skin off the eyelids?!!!!! 

nutcutlet

it wasn't very nice addict. but no permanent damage. I still keep growing euphorbias

Dove I didn't know it could do more than irritate. Maybe you're allergic as well.

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