subapoda, Baill. 1887?
Gilbert Baker 1880?
This member of the Euphorbiaceae
family was described by Jacques Désiré Leandri in 1946. It is found in 1500 meters
height of the central plateau of Madagascar, growing in pure quarts
sand. Needs some water and lots of sun. The swollen stems can
grow up to nine centimetres in diameter, and reach a length of 30
centimetres. 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 means 'living on quarts'.