Tag Archives: Euphorbia

Euphorbia mauritanica

The name of this species is rather ironic. The plants were introduced into cultivation in Europe in the beginning of the 18th century or maybe even before, and believed to have come from “Mauritania”, a name used at that time for … Continue reading

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Euphorbia esculenta (2)

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Euphorbia esculenta (1)

Of the about 30 species of the so-called medusoid group of Euphorbias, this is one of the biggest, sometimes reaching a metre or even more in diameter (including the branches). It is very common over a large area stretching from the dry sandy … Continue reading

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Euphorbia ferox (2)

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Euphorbia ferox (1)

Plants of this species form clumps up to 15 cm tall and about 60 cm in diameter. The name refers to the armour of strong, usually straight, spines, which may be up to over 3 cm long. The plants are … Continue reading

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Euphorbia mammillaris

The original E. mammillaris was known to occur from the Riversdale district in the west to the Oudtshoorn area in the east. The plants growing there look like the ones in the first 4 pictures. By the way, the 4th … Continue reading

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Euphorbia pillansii (2)

These pics were shot just north of the Garcia Pass. The first two on 13 Sept. 2011; the others on 6 Nov. 2009.

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