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Plant Form: Upright herbaceous perennial
Size: 20-80 cm tall, sometimes up to 1 m.
Stem: Slender, hairless, greenish to reddish, often numerous, sometimes over 100 stems from a single taproot.
Leaves: Bright green, on stems, oval shaped in clusters at top, or lance shaped further down plant, with finely toothed edges.
Flowers: Tiny and mostly inconspicuous, in yellowish-green cup shaped organs with one more prominent female flower in middle.
Fruit and Seeds: Smooth and stronly 3 lobed capsules with 3 seeds.
Habitat: Sand dunes, swamps, bare ground, heathlands.
Distinguishing Features: Finely toothed leaf edges distinguish from similar looking spurges (Euphorbia species).