Euonymus atropurpureus


Euonymus atropurpureus plant

Family - Celastraceae

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Euonymus atropurpureus stem

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Euonymus atropurpureus flower

Flowering - April - June.

Habitat - Wooded slopes, bluffs, open woods, bottoms, moist soils along streams, thickets.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This species can be found throughout Missouri. It is a fairly non-descript plant. When not in flower, it can be identified by its thin stems, opposite leaves, and small terminal bud (between the most apical pair of leaves). The small red flowers are pretty distinctive during anthesis.
This species was used much by natives. The thin stems were used as hunting arrows and many ailments were treated with different parts of the plant. The bark and roots of the plant contain compounds similar to those of Digitalis. Most parts of the plant are now considered toxic and should not be ingested.

Photographs taken in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Shannon County, MO., 5-20-03.