Found throughout much of the American Southwest, rattlesnake weed is a member of the spurge family. Like all species of the Euphorbia genus, oozes a milky white sticky sap when damaged, and be careful because the sap of this particular species is poisonous. It gets its name from the erroneous fact that it was once believed that mashing this plant into a poultice would cure a rattlesnake bite. This one was photographed in Southern California's Mojave Desert.
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- White Wildflowers, Euphorbiaceae (Spurge Family)