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The flowers by Valentino Vallicelli, 

Author: Nicholas Edward Brown, 1915
Origin:  Cape of Good Hope; South Africa
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Minimum - Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  7 Centimetres
Height:  5 (20) Centimetres
Flower:  Yellowish
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  Medusa Head, Medusa's Head
Synonyms:  Euphorbia discreta, N.E.Br.
Euphorbia passa,

This member of the Euphorbiaceae family was described by Nicholas Edward Brown in 1915. It is found in the Cape Province, South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with little water and some sun. The caudex can grow to seven centimetres in diameter, the plant up to five centimetres height, eight if the root is exposed. The flowers are 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 after Henry G. Flanagan, 1861-1919, a South African citrus farmer and botany hobbyist.

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