Allen Dyer, 1934
||Sand - Mix
Medium - Maximum
White (/ Purple)
This member of the Euphorbiaceae family was
given this name by Robert Allen Dyer in 1934. It is found in
Botswana and South Africa, growing in a sandy drained soil with
little to some water and some to lots of sun. The carrot-like root
can grow to two and a half centimetre in diameter and 20 centimetres
long. The medusa-like branches will form a rather flat cluster, up
to 50 centimetres in diameter. The flowers are greenish white,
sometimes with purple markings. The plant can be reproduced both by
seeds and cuttings.
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.
name is an enigma so far... It was published in Flowering Plants of
South Africa 14: 530. 1934. Latin duse means 'two', and
mata means 'eye' or 'to ripe'.