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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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19 June, 2016

Portland Spurge:

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 and bare ground, 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.
Portland Spurge: