Photographed in April; growing abundantly on the side of a rocky path in Montserrat, Spain. Up to maybe 1 foot (30 cm) in height.

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  • $\begingroup$ The blackish "eye-like" objects seem to be cyathium inflorescence, a sort of "false flower" found in the genus Euphorbia. $\endgroup$ Aug 28 '16 at 15:49
  • $\begingroup$ The genus Euphorbia is bizarre in the sense its species are very different-looking, and often impossible to correlate from superficial shape $\endgroup$ Aug 28 '16 at 15:52

This plant is in the genus Euphorbia, which is a large and diverse group. The members take wildly different forms, but the general form of this plant is shared by many Euphorbia members. I'm not sure of the species, but think it is most likely Mediterranean Spurge, Euphorbia characias:

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enter image description here Photo: cc-by-sa-2.0 Bernard Dupont.


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