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Thursday 23 May 2013

Portland Spurge.. Maybe?

We went out with a very knowledgable friend lately to try to find some unusual spring plants along the coast and we came across this one

Now we both knew that this was a spurge but we weren't sure which one, he thought it was probably Sun Spurge and I thought more like Portland Spurge.
When I checked the habitas website I found that Portland spurge is very rare in Northern Ireland and only found in two places, however one of those places listed was exactly where we spotted this one, so I'm hopeful that this is what we have found... regardless of the variety all spurges are very poisonous and should not be handled without due care and especially do no get any sap into your mouth or an open wound.

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