Family, Spurge. Color, red, imparted by the glands of the involucre. (See description of the Spurge Flower, p. 9.) Leaves, small, oblong, narrow, slightly and finely toothed near the apex, about 1/2 inch long. They are generally marked with a dark, reddish spot near the middle. Stipules present, narrow, fringed. The flowers grow in heavy clusters on rather long peduncles along the sides of the branches. Stem, prostrate, often dark red, 2 to 15 inches long.
Common in open places, along roadsides, in dry fields.