Teran & Berlandier, 1832
U.S.A., NE Mexico
berlandieri, Torrey, 1858 = Adenoropium berlandieri,
This member of the Euphorbiaceae
was described by Manuel de Mier y Teran and
Jean Louis Berlandier in 1832. It is from
Texas and Mexico. Give it a well-drained clay, very little water and lots
of sun. It seems like the caudex will grow up to 20 centimetres in
The branches should only get 10 centimetres, but mine seems to get more
than 35 centimetres.
The flowers are pink to red.
First, the centred
female flowers will open, then the many surrounding male flowers. It
can self fertilize. The seedpods will pop when ripen, throwing the
two to six seeds several metres away. Can be sown right away.
The genera name from the Greek
words ἰατρός; iatros, meaning 'physician', and τροφή;
meaning 'nutrition', as to medicinal uses. The species name from the
Greek word kathairein, meaning 'to cleanse, purge', for the
effect the intake of the causes.
According to some books, it should only get 10 cm, but mine raises to 35
centimetres! Well, I might be spoiling it...