Microstachys chamaelea (Creeping Sebastiana) (Euphorbiaceae)

Microstachys chamaelea (Creeping Sebastiania)

Previously known as Sebastiana chamaelea, this is a creeping native herb of sandy places. My experience of this herb has always been in coastal areas. The fruits are unmistakable, with the reddish protuberances. Also, the way the numerous male flowers are arranged in a spike above the few female flowers is quite distinctive, and explains why the fruit develops the way it does.

Microstachys chamaelea (Creeping Sebastiania)

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I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I have loved plants for as long as I can remember, and anything I endeavour, like pursue a degree, or as I am currently doing, a doctorate, is for one sole purpose: to appreciate plants. I have dabbled in bryology, skirted around palynology, experienced various aspects of orchidology, challenged dendrochronology, monitored phenology and am currently mired in ecology. Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist. But at the very root of it all, I am an appreciative botanist!
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