Latin Name – Chamaesyce maculata (L.) Small
Family – Euphorbiaceae
Life Cycle– Summer Annual
Type – Broadleaf weed
Spotted spurge is a summer annual weed with oppositely arranged leaves with a reddish or purplish spot in the middle of each leaf. It has a mat-forming growth habit with a taproot and freely branched stems. Spurges exude a white milky sap from the stem when cut and can be useful tool in identification.