Jean Baptiste Chevalier, 1933
Burkina, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Nigeria, Sudan
Medium - Maximum
Euphorbia baga var. parvifolia, L.E.Newton.
This member of the Euphorbiaceae
family was given this mane by Auguste Jean Baptiste Chevalier in
1933. It is found in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Cost, Ghana, Mali,
Niger, Nigeria, Sudan and Toga. It preferring a rather rich but still
well drained soil with some water and some to lots of sun. The
carrot-like root can grow to six centimetres in diameter and 30
centimetres or more long. The plant will raise up to 30 centimetres
above ground, and have red flowers.
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 originates from the locals' name for the plant.