|Kingdom||Plantae||Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)|
|Subkingdom||Tracheobionta||Vascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients|
|Division||Magnoliophyta||Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms|
|Class||Magnoliopsida||Dicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves|
|Subclass||Rosidae||Roses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more|
|Order||Malpighiales||A broad group encompassing 16,000 species|
|Family||Euphorbiaceae||Euphorbia or spurge family|
|Genus||Euphorbia||An extremely diverse-looking genus of mostly tropical and subtropical succulent plants. For Euphorbus, corpulent Greek physician of Juba II, King of Mauretania. Literally, “euphorbia” means “well-fed”|
|Species||caput-medusae||Caput is a form of the words capitis or capitulum for “head or head-like,” and Medusa, the mythic monstrous figure, one of the three Gorgons, whose hair was living snakes and whose gaze could turn people to stone|
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Euphorbia caput-medusae description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 13 Jun 2010.
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2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, CA