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Photo by Cactus Art Nursery.

Euphorbia meloformis
ssp. valida G.D.Rowley.
Photo by Cactus Art Nursery.

Author: William Aiton, 1789
Origin:  South Africa
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Minimum - Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  8 Centimetres
Height:  12 Centimetres
Flower:  Greenish Yellow
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  Melon Spurge
Synonyms:  Euphorbia falsa N.E. Br.
Euphorbia infausta
N.E. Br. 1912.
Euphorbia pyriformis
N.E. Br. 1915.
Euphorbia meloformis f. falsa, Marx.
Euphorbia meloformis f. magna,
R.A.Dyer ex Marx.
Euphorbia meloformis
subsp. valida, G.D.Rowley.
Euphorbia meloniformis,
Euphorbia pomiformis,
Euphorbia valida,

This member of the Euphorbiaceae family was given this name by William Aiton in 1789. It is found the western part of South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with lots of sun. It will grow up to ten centimetres or more, and get greenish yellow flowers quite similar to E. obesa, but on long stalks.

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; melo; 'an apple-like melon' and Latin -formis; 'shaped like.

 I might not consider this to be a caudiciform, but here it is anyway.