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Photo by Brad Johnson.

All other photos by Soumen Aditya

Flowers and a single fruit.

Different leave shapes.

Author:  Francis Buchanan-Hamilton, 1825
Origin:  Bangladesh, India, Nepal
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  8 Centimetres
Height:  20 Centimetres
Flower:  Cream - Dark Pink
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Euphorbia acaulis, Roxb.
Euphorbia humilis, Royle.

This member of the Euphorbiaceae family was given this name by Francis Buchanan-Hamilton in 1825. It is found in Bangladesh, India and Nepal, growing in a well drained soil with some water and some sun. The swollen root can grow to eight centimetres in diameter and up to 20-30 centimetres long. The plant can also grow up to 20 centimetres. The flowers are cream to dark pink.

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 from Latin; fusus; 'spindle' and Latin -formis; '-shaped' for the tuberous root.

All other photos by Soumen Aditya

The buried caudex.

The top of the caudex with growth.