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Photo by Amiamie.

Photo by Rikus van Veldhuisen.

Author: Auguste Jean Baptiste Chevalier, 1933
Origin:  Benin, Burkina, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Nigeria, Sudan
Soil:  Rich Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  6 Centimetres
Height:  30 Centimetres
Flower:  Red
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Euphorbia baga var. parvifolia, L.E.Newton.

This member of the Euphorbiaceae family was given this mane by Auguste Jean Baptiste Chevalier in 1933. It is found in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Cost, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sudan and Toga. It preferring a rather rich but still well drained soil with some water and some to lots of sun. The carrot-like root can grow to six centimetres in diameter and 30 centimetres or more long. The plant will raise up to 30 centimetres above ground, and have red 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 originates from the locals' name for the plant.