Wilhelm Rudolf Marloth, 1908
Cape, South Africa
||Grit - Mix
||25 (40) Centimetres
White / Yellow
||The True "Vingerpol"
Euphorbia inermis var. laniglans, Nicholas Edward
This member of the Euphorbiaceae family was
given this name by Hermann Wilhelm Rudolf Marloth in 1908. It is found in
Eastern Cape, South Africa, from Uitenhage to Jansenville,
Graaf-Reinett and Somerset East. It is growing in a well
drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The caudex can
grow to twelve centimetres in diameter while the whole cluster of
branches reach 25 centimetres in height an up to 40 centimetres in
diameter. The woolly-like flowers are white with yellow sex-organs.
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
'edible', and the farmers have been using these plants to feed their
It is now listed on CITES, list II.