Cnidoscolus stimulosus (Michx.) Engelm. & A. Gray - Tread Softly, Finger Rot

Cnidoscolus stimulosus plant

Family - Euphorbiaceae

Stems:

Cnidoscolus stimulosus stem

Leaves:

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Inflorescence:

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Flowers:

Cnidoscolus stimulosus flower

Cnidoscolus stimulosus fruitFruit.

Flowering - Nearly all year along the coast. Spring - fall elsewhere.

Habitat - Sandhills, beaches, scrub, dry hammocks, dry pastures, fields, roadsides.

Origin - Native to North America and tropical America.

Other information - This attractive but painful species can be found mainly in the southern half of Alabama. The plant is easy to identify becasue of its big white flowers, three to five-lobed leaves, and painful stinging hairs.
A modern synonym is Cnidoscolus urens var stimulosus
The genus name Cnidoscolus derives from the Greek "cnid(o)" meaning "a nettle" and "scolus" meaning "a thorn."
The species epithet stimulosus derives from the Latin "stimul(us)" meaning "goad (prod, to urge, a stimulus)."

Alabama Distribution:

Cnidoscolus stimulosus map

Photographs taken off Lee Rd 10, Auburn AL., 8-24-04.


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