Photo by PalmBob.
This member of the
Euphorbiaceae family was given this name by Marcel M. Denis in
1921. It is found
in western Madagascar, growing in a well drained sandy soil in dry
forests with some water and some sun. The swollen roots can grow to
centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 100 or even 150 centimetres in
flowers are red tubes.
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 'resembling Pedilanthus, another genera in the