Taxon: Euphorbia cotinifolia L.

Genus: Euphorbia
Family: Euphorbiaceae
  Subfamily: Euphorbioideae
      Tribe: Euphorbieae
        Subtribe: Euphorbiinae
Nomen number: 16360
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:453. 1753
Name Verified on: 07-May-1996 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 25-Jun-2008
Species priority site is: North Central Regional PI Station (NC7)
Accessions: 2 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide F SCatarin; F TE Afr)
  • Vertebrate poisons: mammals (fide Lampe & McCann)

Distributional Range:


  • Northern America

    • Northern Mexico: Mexico - Sinaloa
    • Southern Mexico: Mexico - Chiapas, - Guerrero, - Jalisco, - Oaxaca, - Veracruz
  • Southern America

    • Caribbean: Trinidad and Tobago - Trinidad
    • Central America: Costa Rica; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua; Panama
    • Northern South America: French Guiana; Guyana; Suriname; Venezuela
    • Western South America: Bolivia; Colombia; Peru

  • Cultivated:

    . also cult.


  • Aldén, B., S. Ryman & M. Hjertson Våra kulturväxters namn - ursprung och användning. Formas, Stockholm (Handbook on Swedish cultivated and utility plants, their names and origin). 2009 (Vara kulturvaxt namn)
  • Boggan, J. et al. Checklist of the plants of the Guianas. 1992 (L Guianas)
  • Burger, W. C., ed. Flora costaricensis. 1971- (F CostaR)
  • Govaerts, R. et al. World checklist and bibliography of Euphorbiaceae. 2000 (L Euphorb)
  • Lampe, K. F. & M. A. McCann AMA handbook of poisonous and injurious plants. 1985 (Lampe & McCann)
  • Ma, J. S. & C. Y. Wu 1995. Revision on Euphorbia Linn. (s.l.) from China Acta Bot. Yunnan. 17:293.
  • Pulle, A. A. et al., eds. Flora of Suriname. 1932- (F Suriname)
  • Reitz, R., ed. Flora ilustrada catarinense. 1965- (F SCatarin)
  • Riina, R. 2011. Review of Euphorbiaceae data for World Economic Plants, ed. 2 (pers. comm.) via e-mail on 11 Jan.
  • Standley, P. C. & J. A. Steyermark Flora of Guatemala. 1946-1976 (F Guat)
  • Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. Flora of tropical East Africa. 1952- (F TE Afr)


Check other web resources for Euphorbia cotinifolia L. :

  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.