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 Flower photo by Alain Mouchel.

Author:  Pierre Tremaux, 1862
Origin:  Chad, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda
Soil:  Grit
Water:  Minimum
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  15 Centimetres
Height:  1 Meter
Flower:  Green / Yellow
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Euphorbia mamillaris, Trémaux.

This member of the Euphorbiaceae family was given this name by Pierre Tremaux after Pierre Edmond Boissier 1862. It if found in Chad, Ethiopia, Sudan and Uganda, growing in a well drained soil with little water and lots of sun. The spiny stem can grow up to fifteen centimetres in diameter and the plant can reach a height of one meter. It can be reproduced both by seeds and cuttings.

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 vene; 'poisonous' and fica; 'fig'.