Cornelius Nel, 1935
Namibia, Western South Africa
Brown / Green
Euphorbia melanohydrata subsp. conica, Swanepoel.
This member of the
Euphorbiaceae family was given this name by Gert Cornelius
Nel in 1935. It is found
in the area around the western border of South Africa and Namibia, growing in a well drained soil with
some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to eight
centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 30 centimetres in
flowers are light brown and 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 from Latin melan; 'balck' and hydra; 'water' as
it is found near the location Swartwater.