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Found this plant at Grootscholten.

Photo by Laurent Houmeau.

Photo by Laurent Houmeau.

Author: Nicholas Edward Brown, 1911
Origin:  Madagascar
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  20 Centimetres
Height:  2 Meters
Flower:  Yellow - Red
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Euphorbia decaryiana, Croizat, 1934.
Euphorbia specksii,
W.Rauh, 2000.

This member of the Euphorbiaceae family was described by Nicholas Edward Brown in 1911. It is found in the south and south-western Madagascar, growing in well drained soil with some water and not too much sun. The caudex will grow to 20 centimetres in diameter, the stems to two meters in height. The flowers are yellow to pale red, and besides seeds, it can be reproduced by cuttings of the stems and roots. Seedlings many times produce knots (like in a rope) in their caudex.

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 'resembling Hedyotis', a genus in the Rubiaceae family.

Young plant I made by tissue culture and its swollen root.