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An erect form, from Copenhagen Botanical Garden.

A large plant by Frank Vincentz, Vía Puerto de Garafía in Garafía, La Palma, Canary Island, Spain.

Author: William Aiton, 1789
Origin:  Canary Islands, Morocco, Western Sahara
Soil:  Grit - Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  15 Centimetres
Height:  2 Meters
Flower:  Green
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Tithymalus balsamifer, Adrian Hardy Haworth, 1812.
Euphorbia rogeri,

This member of the Euphorbiaceae family was described by William Aiton in 1789. It is found in northern Africa and on the Canary Islands, growing in grit or an other well drained soil with some water and lots of light. The stem can grow to fifteen centimetres in diameter, and up to 200 centimetres height. The flowers are pale green.  

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 'with a fragrant wax, resin'.

The caudex of a rather pruned plant.