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Wild poinsettia

Euphorbia heterophylla, also known under the common names of (Mexican) fireplant, painted euphorbia, Japanese poinsettia,desert poinsettia, wild poinsettia, fire on the mountain, paintedleaf,painted spurge, milkweed, and kaliko plant, is a plant belonging to the Euphorbiaceae or spurge family.

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Euphorbia heterophylla is a major weed problem in Australia, Fiji, Ghana, Mexico, Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand, and a principal weed in Brazil, India, Italy, Papua New Guinea, Cuba, Honduras, Peru, Uganda and USA. Crops in which it is reported as a major weed include cocoa, coffee, cotton, cowpeas, maize, papaya, groundnut, sorghum, soyabean, sugarcane, tea and upland rice (Parsons and Cuthbertson,. Because of its rapid growth, it can be a serious competitor early in the life of the crop, competing for light as well as for water and nutrients.

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Taken on August 10, 2015