Strange looking weed? (Oregon, USA)

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  1. ohitsbrandon

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    My coworker found this plant growing outside near our recycle bins and immediately came to me for identification. I had no idea what it was (I really only know about local, native forest plants). I believe it might be a weed of some kind.

    Location: Willamette Valley region (Polk County), Oregon, USA. Recently disturbed site.
    Time: Spring, 2012.

    Thank you for any help in identifying this plant! It has our little group of kitchen workers completely puzzled.
     

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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Euphorbia lathyrus.
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Spellcheck: Euphorbia lathyris. A potentially invasive alien in your area; also note the white sap is caustic and can cause nasty skin burns, handle with care.
     
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    I definitely found that to be the case after researching about it. Probably see about having it removed.
    I work in a retirement community and the plant is growing fairly close to our residents' gardens!
     

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