Photo by Troos van der Merwe,
Male flowers by Manuel R Popp, Gbif.org.
The female flower by Christine Sydes
The caudex by Botswanabugs,
F. Albin Pax & K. Hoffmann,
Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Sandy - Rich
Medium - Maximum
White - Creamy - Pinkish
var. hirtula, Pax & K.Hoffm.
This member of the Euphorbiaceae family
was given this name by Ferdinand Albin Pax and Käthe Hoffmann in 1910. It is found in
Namibia, Botswana ,South Africa and Zimbabwe, growing in a sandy or
other well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to
five centimetres in diameter, 16 centimetres long, the entire plant
to 30 centimetres in height. The male flowers are creamy-white, the female
flowers white or pinkish.
The genera name from the Greek
words ἰατρός; iatros, meaning 'physician', and τροφή;
trophe meaning 'nutrition', as to medicinal uses. The species name from Latin;
erythr-; 'red' and poda; 'foot'; 'with red feet',
referring to the reddish-tinged stems.