Mercury (plant)

Mercurialis perennis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Subfamily: Acalyphoideae
Tribe: Acalypheae
Subtribe: Mercurialinae
Genus: Mercurialis

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Mercurialis /mərˌkjʊəriˈælɨs/ is a genus of plants in the family Euphorbiaceae, the spurges, known commonly as the mercuries. These are slender herbs (forbs), rhizomatious perennials and woody perennials. There are 8 to 10 European species (depending on classification) and 1 Asian species.

Species include:

  • Mercurialis annua - Annual mercury
  • Mercurialis huetii
  • Mercurialis corsica
  • Mercurialis canariensis
  • Mercurialis elliptica
  • Mercurialis reverchonii
  • Mercurialis tomentosa
  • Mercurialis perennis - Dog's mercury
  • Mercurialis ovata
  • Mercurialis leiocarpa

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