Photo by Eric
Awesome, old plant
with an exposed stem. Photo by Jiří 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.