The Euphorbiaceae, the spurge family, is a large family of flowering plants.
Most spurges such as Euphorbia paralias are herbs, but some, especially in the tropics, are shrubs or trees, such as Hevea brasiliensis. Some, such as Euphorbia canariensis,206 are succulent and resemble cacti because of convergent evolution.
Leaves in summer and under stress assume a nice coppery-bronze coloring. Flowers are like small bells, greenish-yellow in short-stemmed groups with beige, soft tan or pinkish, petal-like cyathophylls.