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The flowers by Grootscholten.

Author: Marcel M. Denis, 1921
Origin:  Western Madagascar
Soil:  Sandy
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  12 Centimetres
Height:  100 Centimetres
Flower:  Red
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Pedilanthus lycioides, Baker 1886.
Euphorbia lycioides,
Boiss. 1860

This member of the Euphorbiaceae family was given this name by Marcel M. Denis in 1921. It is found in western Madagascar, growing in a well drained sandy soil in dry forests with some water and some sun. The swollen roots can grow to twelve centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 100 or even 150 centimetres in height. The flowers are red tubes.

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 Pedilanthus', another genera in the Euphorbiaceae.

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