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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Euphorbia pattern

Leaf Venation: Pinnate
Leaf Shape: Obovate
Leaf Margin: Entire

Leaf Arrangement: Simple
Arrangement on the Stem: Opposite
Stem: Herbaceous with thorns

Latex comming out of the stem when cut off

Closer view of the leaf

My pamangkin assistant examining the flower pattern

Here’s a little botany for those who care about such things. The brightly coloured ‘petals’ on poinsettias and their Euphorbia relatives are actually modified leaves called ‘bracts.’ The flowers are in the centre, quite small and uninteresting looking. Please see my dissection handbook for a closer view. thanks

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