family of plants
The spurge family (Euphorbiaceae) is a large family of flowering plants with 300 genera and around 7,500 species. Most are herbs. Some, especially in the tropics, are shrubs or trees.
|Candlenut tree (Aleurites moluccana)|
The name spurge comes from the Latin word espurge meaning to purge: this refers to its use as a laxative.