Tithymalus silenifolius Haw. 1821.
Euphorbia elliptica, Thunb.
Euphorbia mira, L.C.Leach
Tithymalus attenuatus, Klotzsch & Garcke
Tithymalus bergii, Klotzsch & Garcke
Tithymalus ellipticus, Klotzsch & Garcke
Tithymalus longipetiolatus, Klotzsch & Garcke.
This member of the
Euphorbiaceae family was given this name by Robert Sweet in 1830.
It is found on the Cape, South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some water
and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to seven centimetres in diameter,
the whole plant up to 20 centimetres height. The flowers are 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 means 'with leaves like Silene' a member of
the Caryophyllaceae family - with narrow leaves.