|Author: ||William Aiton,
Minimum - Medium
Euphorbia falsa N.E. Br.
Euphorbia infausta N.E.
Euphorbia pyriformis N.E. Br. 1915.
Euphorbia meloformis f. falsa, Marx.
Euphorbia meloformis f. magna, R.A.Dyer ex Marx.
Euphorbia meloformis subsp. valida, G.D.Rowley.
Euphorbia meloniformis, Lem.
Euphorbia pomiformis, Thunb.
Euphorbia valida, N.E.Br.
This member of the Euphorbiaceae
family was given this name by William Aiton in 1789. It is found the
western part of South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with
lots of sun. It will grow up to ten centimetres or more, and get
greenish yellow flowers quite similar to
obesa, but on long stalks.
The genera name; Euphorbia
dates back to the first century BC, where King Juba II of
Mauritania used it in a reference to his doctor, Euphorbos, and that
name was kept as a generic name by Carl von Linnaeus. The species
name from Latin; melo; 'an apple-like melon' and Latin -formis;
I might not consider
this to be a caudiciform, but here it is anyway.