|Author: ||John Sims,
Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Leeward Island, Mexico Southeast,
Puerto Rico, Turks-Caicos Island, Venezuela, Venezuelan
Antilles, Windward Island
Medium - Maximum
Tithymalus petiolaris, Haw. 1812.
Charles Frederick Millspaugh, 1915.
Alectoroctonum petiolare, Klotzsch & Garcke.
Euphorbia verticillata, Poir.
This member of the
Euphorbiaceae family was
given this name by John Sims in 1805. It is found on Puerto Rico,
Dominican Republic, Haiti, Virgin Islands, St. Thomas and some other
islands in the Caribbean, growing in a well
drained soil with some water and some to lots of sun. The stem
start being swollen, but by time, it end up being a slender, six
meter tree with greenish white 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 means 'Being stalked'.
This might be a bit to slim to be
called a caudiciform.