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Found this on Gran Canaria.

Found this old plant at

The flower.

Bush from above.

Bush from the side.

Rather erect bush

The base can grow to 15 centimetres.

Author: William Aiton, 1789
Origin:  Canary Islands, Morocco, Western Sahara
Soil:  Grit - Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  15 Centimetres
Height:  2 Meters
Flower:  Green - Yellowish
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Tithymalus balsamifer, Adrian Hardy Haworth, 1812.
Euphorbia rogeri,

This member of the Euphorbiaceae family was described by William Aiton in 1789. It is found in northern Africa and on the Canary Islands, growing in grit or an other well drained soil with some water and lots of light. The stem can grow to fifteen centimetres in diameter, and up to 200 centimetres height. The flowers are pale green to yellowish.  

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 'with a fragrant wax, resin'.


Young bush

The stem of a medium sized bush - around 75 centimetres high.

Dens bush.

Rather dormant bush.