Questa euphorbia assomiglia ad un cactus, ma le due piante non sono affatto imparentate. E' una specie di piccola taglia che non supera i 2 m di altezza, forma rapidamente grossi cespi a forma di cuscino compossti da innumerevoli rami verticali.
Scientific name: Euphorbia resinifera O. Berg & C. F. Schmidt
Origin: It is native to Morocco, where it occurs on the slopes of the Atlas Mountains in the surroundings of Marrakesh.
Common Name: Resin spurge
Synonyms: Euphorbia sansalvador
This Euphorbia looks much like a cactus, although the two are not closely related, it is a small rapidly suckering plant that will form dense multi-stemmed cushion-shaped clumps up to 2 m wide.
|Description: It is a dense succulent shrub growing to 60 cm tall, forming multi-stemmed cushion-shaped clumps up to 2 m wide.
Stems: Erect, succulent, 4 sided (almost square) that look superficially like a cactus. Light green to glaucous blue color, depending upon light.
Spines: Brown and short, but sharp in pairs of 6 mm spines on the angles of the ribs, spaced about 1 cm apart up the stem.
Warning: As with all other Euphorbias when a plant get damaged it exudes a thick white milky sap known as latex. This latex (resin) is poisonous contains some of the most potent irritants known. The very high irritant activity of the latex may be ascribed to resiniferatoxin (A potent toxin). The latex is particularly dangerous for the eyes, skin and mucous membranes. It can produce burning pain in bones. Pains in limbs and paralytic weakness in the joints. Important respiratory and skin symptoms, terrible burning pains. So pay extreme attention not to get any in your eyes or mouth.
Propagation: It is propagated by cuttings (It branches enthusiastically and offsets are readily available). If you remove an offset, remember to let it dry for a week or so, letting the wound heal (cuttings planted too soon will easily rot before they can grow roots). It is better to wash the cut to remove the latex.