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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
Typification: View record from Linnaean Plant Name Typification Project of the Natural History Museum of London.
Name verified on: 07-May-1996 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 25-Jun-2008
Species priority site is: North Central Regional PI Station (NC7).


Common names:

  • Caribbean copperplant   (Source: R. Riina, p.c.) – English
  • tropical smokebush   (Source: R. Riina, p.c.) – English
  • cobrizo   (Source: R. Riina, p.c.) – Spanish
  • cotinilla   (Source: R. Riina, p.c.) – Spanish
  • lechero   (Source: R. Riina, p.c.) – Spanish
  • koppareuforbia   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:


Distributional range:

    Northern Mexico: Mexico - Sinaloa
    Southern Mexico: Mexico - Chiapas, Guerrero, Jalisco, Oaxaca, Veracruz
    Caribbean: Trinidad and Tobago - Trinidad
    Mesoamerica: Costa Rica; Guatemala [possibly natzd.]; Honduras; Nicaragua; Panama
    Northern South America: French Guiana; Guyana; Suriname; Venezuela
    Western South America: Bolivia; Colombia; Peru

  • also cultivated




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.

Check other web resources for images:

  • Google Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (10 October 2015)

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