Euphorbia serpens

Family (Traditional)Euphorbiaceae
Species:Euphorbia serpens Kunth
Common NameMatted Sandmat
Growth Habitforb
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Milky Sap: Yes; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: Yes; Woody Herbaceous: Herbaceous; Natural Area Presence: LRC; Duration: Annual; Duration: Perennial; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: forb; Region of Origin: North America; Reproductive Phenology: July; Reproductive Phenology: August; Reproductive Phenology: September; Reproductive Phenology: October; Leaf Arrangement: alternate; Leaf Complexity: simple; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaflet Number: 0; Base Flower Color: White; Fruit Dehiscence: No; Fruit Dehiscence: Yes; Fruit Type: Capsule; Fruit Wet/Dry: Dry; Ovary Position: Superior; Overall Flower Symmetry: Actinomorphic; Placentation Type: Axillary; Sexuality: monoecious; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A
C value 1
StatusNative; AGCP (FAC), EMP (FACW) (NWPL)
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Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

  • State Boundaries
  • Counties
  • Counties - Species Present
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim


SynonymFull Citation
Chamaesyce emarginata Chamaesyce emarginata
Chamaesyce serpens Chamaesyce serpens (Kunth) Small
Euphorbia serpens var. imbricata Euphorbia serpens var. imbricata

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: Davidson (TN), Lake (TN), Rutherford (TN), Wilson (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: TENN, VDB

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1947 - 1989

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
TENN-V-0138656 Lake Tennessee
Euphorbia serpens
TENN-V-0138657 Rutherford Tennessee
Euphorbia serpens
TENN-V-0210194 Davidson Tennessee A. Gattinger
Euphorbia serpens
TENN-V-0210193 Davidson Tennessee A. Gattinger
Euphorbia serpens
TENN-V-0138658 Wilson Tennessee
Euphorbia serpens
TENN-V-0210192 Davidson Tennessee August A. Gattinger
Euphorbia serpens
BRIT113816 Davidson Tennessee 01 Aug 1947 E. Quarterman
Euphorbia serpens
BRIT314335 Tennessee 06 Jul 1989 V. E. McNeilus
Euphorbia serpens
BRIT113814 Rutherford Tennessee 25 Aug 1972 R. Kral
Euphorbia serpens
TENN-V-0210195 Tennessee A. Gattinger
Euphorbia serpens
BRIT113815 Davidson Tennessee 01 Aug 1947 E. Quarterman
Euphorbia serpens
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