This is actually
Euphorbia cuneata var. spinescens,
Susan Carter 1980
(former Euphorbia spinescens,
Pax 1894), from Mbuyu.
Photo by Sune Holt, Mozambiqueflora.com.
Photo by Sune Holt,
|Author: ||Martin Vahl
Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya,
Mozambique, Nigeria, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan,
Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Yemen
Tirucallia cuneata, Paul V. Heat, 1996.
Lyciopsis cuneata, Schweinf.
Euphorbia cuneata subsp. cretacea, S.Carter.
Euphorbia cuneata subsp. lamproderma, S.Carter.
Euphorbia cuneata var. pumilans, S.Carter.
Euphorbia cuneata subsp. spinescens, S.Carter.
Euphorbia cuneata subsp. wajirensis, S.Carter.
This member of the
Euphorbiaceae family was described by Martin Vahl Henrichsen
in 1791 It is found on the Arabian Peninsula and eastern Africa, growing in grit
other well drained soil with some water and lots of light. The stem can grow to
fifteen centimetres or more in diameter and four metres in height.
The flowers are yellowish green.
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 means 'pointed, wedge-shaped'.