Gilbert Baker 1880:
This member of the Euphorbiaceae
family was given this name by Henri Ernest Baillion in 1887.
It is found on western and central Madagascar, growing in well
drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to
eight centimetres in diameter, the plant to 15 centimetres height,
25 with the caudex raised. The
flowers are greenish white.
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 'without much stem'.
Strangely enough, the new name
Euphorbia subapoda is being used instead of the original
which I also have a page for.