The prostrate spurge is a common weed
which was introduced
into California from its native territory in the eastern U.S.
This plant grew in a dried out part of my yard while I was gone on
vacation. As shown, the prostrate spurge forms a thick mat
on the ground.
The stems are hairy and have a reddish color. The leaves have elongated purple spots. You have to look very close to see the tiny flowers and fruit.
This picture taken through a magnifying glass shows flowers and fruit of the prostrate spurge.
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