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Photo by Laurent Houmeau.

The fruits by Indra Susandi.

Author: Alwin Berger, 1910
Origin:  South Africa
Soil:  Grit - Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  10 Centimetres
Height:  8 (30) Centimetres
Flower:  Yellow
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  -

This "Medusa" member of the Euphorbiaceae family was given this name by Alwin Berger in 1910. It is found in South Africa, growing in grit or other well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to ten centimetres in diameter, the whole plant can reach 30 centimetres in diameter. The flowers are yellow. 

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; 'of the Gorgon', for the Medusoid growth form.

Photo by Laurent Houmeau.

The flowers by Indra Susandi.