The Poinsettia, Euphorbia pulcherrima
… is native to Mexico and Central America. It is well known for its use in Christmas floral displays due to its brightly colored, often flaming red bracts which are commonly mistaken for flower petals but are actually leaves. Poinsettia flowers are unassuming, grouped within small yellow structures in the center of each leaf bunch.  Poinsettias are short-day photoperiodic plants. To flower and produce colored bracts, they need much sunshine during the day, but they also require long, warm nights, and light pollution has a negative effect on flowering… More about this species: Encyclopedia of Life
Image by Mauricio Mercadante via Flickr

The Poinsettia, Euphorbia pulcherrima

… is native to Mexico and Central America. It is well known for its use in Christmas floral displays due to its brightly colored, often flaming red bracts which are commonly mistaken for flower petals but are actually leaves. Poinsettia flowers are unassuming, grouped within small yellow structures in the center of each leaf bunch.

Poinsettias are short-day photoperiodic plants. To flower and produce colored bracts, they need much sunshine during the day, but they also require long, warm nights, and light pollution has a negative effect on flowering…

More about this species: Encyclopedia of Life

Image by Mauricio Mercadante via Flickr

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