Plants of the Castlemaine District
Caustic Weed - native (Chamaesyce drummondii)
Other names: Euphorbia drummondii.
Family: Euphorbiaceae (Euphorbia family).
Occurrence: A grassland plant, mostly in northern Victoria and further north.
- it is a prostrate plant with oval leaves
- the sap is milky
- the leaves are oval
- the leaves green rather than purple (for the local plants).
The introduced Eyebane (Chamaesyce maculata)
) is a smaller plant with smaller leaves, and grows in weedy or disturbed places. It has red -purple tinted leaves and is finely hairy.
Photos: Caustic Weed. Kangaroo Flat Botanic Gardens.