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Photo by Laurent Houmeau.

The fruits by Wolfgang Stuppy,

Author: Carl Linnaeus, 1753
Origin:  Cape Province; South Africa
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Minimum - Medium
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  15 Centimetres
Height:  30 Centimetres
Flower:  Crème Colour - Reddish
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  Medusa's Head, Medusahoved
Synonyms:  Euphorbia commelini, DC.
Euphorbia fructus-pini,
Euphorbia geminata,
Marloth ex A.C.White, R.A.Dyer & B.Sloane.
Euphorbia parvimamma,
Euphorbia tessellata,
Medusea fructus-pini,
Medusea major,
Medusea tessellata,

This member of the Euphorbiaceae family was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. It is found in the western part of South Africa's Cape Province. It grow in sandy soils and do fine in any well drained mix. The stem can grow to fifteen centimetres in diameter, the whole plant up to one meter in diameter. The flowers are crème coloured or reddish.

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 'the head of Medusa'

 It might be a winter grower, but can be grown in summer.