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Euphorbia lactiflua

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Photo from Zelene Listy.

Photo from MoBot.

Author: Rodolfo Amando Philippi, 1860
Origin:  Northern Chile
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  20 Centimetres
Height:  1,2 Meter
Flower:  Pale Yellow
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  Lechero
Synonyms:  Tirucalia lactiflua, P.V.Heath.

This member of the Euphorbiaceae family was given this name by Rodolfo Amando Philippi in 1860. It is found in a small costal area of northern Chile, growing in a well drained soil with some winter rain and lots of sun. The caudex will disappear by time, and the plant will grow into a small bush, 120 centimetres in height with pale yellow flowers.

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; lacti; 'mix' and Latin flua 'impurities'.

This is a winter grower