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Euphorbia virosa Willd.


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Euphorbia virosa

Image 1
Habit
25 May 2006

Euphorbia virosa

Image 2
Note one cyanthium scar
between spines
13 Dec 2008

Euphorbia virosa

Image 3
New growth
13 Dec 2008

Euphorbia virosa

Image 4
Spines
20 Mar 2007

Euphorbia virosa

Image 5
New growth with brown spines
28 Apr 2007



Family: Euphorbiaceae
Full name: Euphorbia virosa Willd.
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Gifboom, Gifnoors, Noorsdoring
English common name(s): Milk bush, Candelabra euphorbia
Synonym(s): -
Status: Native
Description: Usually only 1 cyathium scar between spines.

A succulent spiny leafless bush formed of a clump of erect stems, 5–7 (or according to Paterson up to 15) ft. high and 2–3 in. in diam., simple or sparingly branched at the upper part, 5–7-angled, constricted at intervals of 1.5–3 in., so that the angles appear to be broadly scolloped, green, with a bluish tint, probably glaucous; angles not spirally twisted, separated by concave channels about 0.75 in. deep, slightly sinuate-toothed, with a continuous horny margin1.5–2 lin. broad; spines in pairs 0.25– 0.5 in. apart, 2–6 lin. long, stout, widely diverging, straight or slightly curved, brownish-grey with darker tips; leaves rudimentary, transverse, about 0.5 lin. long and 2 lin. broad, truncate, soon deciduous; flowering-eyes seated 2–3 lin. above the spine-pairs and nearer the pair of spines above than below them on the specimen seen; flowers not seen, but according to Paterson's figure, each flowering-eye produces but one 3-flowered cyme, on a peduncle 2–3 lin. long and 2 lin. thick, with involucres about 4 lin. in diam., having contiguous transversely oblong glands. (from JSTOR website / Flora Capensis)
Link(s) African Plant Database
JSTOR Plant Science
Kew Herbarium Catalogue
BGBM Berlin-Dahlem - Virtual Herbarium
Züricher Herbarien
iSpot
Flora of Zimbabwe
Fleurs de notre Terre - Galerie Namibie
Tree Atlas of Namibia
Content last updated: 01 Sep 2012


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