Details

Common Name
Snow on the Mountain
Botanic Name
Euphorbia marginata
Plant Family
Euphorbiaceae
Habitat
Sandy soils of fields, roadsides and waste areas
Animals Affected
Horses, cattle
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Toxic Principle
The specific toxin has not been defined, but is probably a diterpene ester(s) in the milky sap. These irritants cause mouth irritation, salivation and diarrhea.
Description
Erect, annual, 2-3 feet in height, branched, and containing a milky sap. Leaves alternate, and broadly eliptic. Leaves and bracts below flowers have wide, white margins. Flower appendages are white.
Gastrointestinal
Salivation and diarrhea
Treatment
The toxicity is self limiting once the animal is denied further access to the plant and fed a nutritious ration.
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