flower and male buds.
flowers. The females are in the centre, and flower first.
This member of the Euphorbiaceae
family was first described by William Jackson Hooker in 1848. It's found in central America.
Prefers good peat, some water and not to much sun. The caudex will grow
up to 20 centimetres in diameter, the stems to 1,5 meter. The flowers
are red, the male flower starts, but it can self-pollinate. Apparently,
it's not possible to make cuttings form a caudex.
First, the centred female
flowers will open, then the many surrounding male flowers. It can self
fertilize. The seedpods will pop when ripen, throwing the two to six
seeds several metres away. Can be sown right away, and within a week,
100% will grow - for me.