Portland Spurge

A scarce flower of coastal locations on sand, bare ground and rocks. 

Portland Spurge: set in stone - Although named after the place where it was first identified by botanists, Portland, Portland spurge (Euphorbia portlandica) can be found elsewhere along the Dorset coast, notably Durlston but is surprisingly not that common on Portland!. It is a very local flower and nationally scarce.
Although a typical member of the Spurge family it is unmistakable, partly because of the coastal habitat it prefers, usually on sandy soils, bare ground and rocks, sometimes on the shore line and also on cliffs. It has smaller flowers than most other spurges and a distinctive and unique red stem. It is in bloom from April right the way through until September.


Species Detail
Common Name Portland Spurge
Alternative Name
Scientific Name Euphorbia portlandica
Family Spurge Family Euphorbiaceae
Species Reference blamey 168.2
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ID Notes
Species Habitats
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Habitat Reference Relationship
C1: Hard Coastal Cliffs


G1: Calcareous Grassland