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Photo from Gallery 805.

A wild plant by B. T. Wursten,

The flower by B. T. Wursten,

Author: Robert Allen Rolfe, 1889
Origin:  Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Soil:  Sand - Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  12 Centimetres
Height:  10-30 Centimetres
Flower:  Brownish Red
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Euphorbia verdickii, De Wild.1906

This member of the Euphorbiaceae family was given this name by Robert Allen Rolfe in 1889. It is found in Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe, growing in sand or another well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to twelve centimetres in diameter, the branches from ten to 30 centimetres.

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 after  Frank Oates, 1840-1875, a British naturalist and African explorer.

Branch from Succulent Euphorbias.