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Photo by Eric Winegar.

Author: Adrian Hardy Haworth, 1826
Origin:  Eastern Cape, South Africa
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Minimum - Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  10 Centimetres
Height:  30 Centimetres
Flower:  Greenish Yellow
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  -

This member of the Euphorbiaceae family was described by Adrian Hardy Haworth in 1826. It is found on the Eastern Cape in South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with little to some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to ten centimetres in diameter, the whole plant up to 30 centimetres height. The flowers are greenish 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 'having scales or scale-like overlapping leaves or bracts'.

This rather various species may have 2 to 5 angled branches.

The flowers by Valentino Vallicelli,