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Family: EUPHORBIACEAE 

 Euphorbia esculenta
 
  
Author:  Hermann Wilhelm Rudolf Marloth, 1908
Family:  Euphorbiaceae
Habitat:  Eastern Cape, South Africa
Soil:  Grit - Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  20 Centimetres
Height:  25 (40) Centimetres
Flower:  White/Yellow
Reproduction:  Seeds/Cuttings
Pop names:  The True "Vingerpol"
Synonyms:  Euphorbia inermis var. laniglans, Nicholas Edward Brown 

Photo by Eric Winegar.


 Awesome, old plant with an exposed stem. Photo by Jiř Merhaut.

   This member of the Euphorbiaceae family was given this name by Hermann Wilhelm Rudolf Marloth in 1908. It is found in Eastern Cape, South Africa, from Uitenhage to Jansenville, Graaf-Reinett and Somerset East. It is growing in a well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to twelve centimetres in diameter while the whole cluster of branches reach 25 centimetres in height an up to 40 centimetres in diameter. The woolly-like flowers are white with yellow sex-organs.

The name "esculenta" means edible, and the farmers have been using these plants to feed their stock. It is now listed on CITES, list II.