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Carassius auratus

Submitted by Linda Rohleder on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:24

Carassius auratus: goldfish

Species identification:

The goldfish is a small sized fish with a deep body and rounded cross-section, with a large head and eyes, small mouth, and a forked tail. The scales are large and the single dorsal fin has 3-4 stout spines at the leading edge. The color can range from olive to deep gold, fading to silvery-white along the belly. They can grow as large as 41 cm in length, and can live for 30 years in captivity.

Euphoriba esula

Submitted by Linda Rohleder on Tue, 02/03/2015 - 14:35

Euphoriba esula: Leafy spurge

Plant identification: 

  • Growth form: strongly rooted broadleaf weed growing 30-70 cm tall
  • Leaf: principal leaves are alternate, broadly linear to narrowly oblong, 3-9 cm long and 3-8 mm wide. Leaves below the flowers are heart-shaped. 
  • Flower: lack sepals and petals. A central female flower is surrounded by five groups of male flowers
  • Fruit: small, three-chambered capsule 3-3.5 mm long and the seed is ellipsoid

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Euphorbia cyparissias

Submitted by Linda Rohleder on Tue, 02/03/2015 - 14:34

Euphorbia cyparissias: Cypress spurge

Plant Identification:

  • Growth Form: semi-woody perennial that grows 6-12 inches tall
  • Leaf: bright green linear leaves located alternately along the stem and in whorls
  • Flowers: small, lack sepals or petals, and are clustered around one pistilate flower. They change from yellow green to purple red as they age
  • Fruit: three lobed and contain 1-3 egg shaped smooth grey seeds

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