|Author: ||Carl Linnaeus, 1753
Province; South Africa
Minimum - Medium
Medium - Maximum
Colour - Reddish
Euphorbia commelini, DC.
Euphorbia fructus-pini, Mill.
Euphorbia geminata, Marloth ex A.C.White, R.A.Dyer &
Euphorbia parvimamma, Boiss.
Euphorbia tessellata, Steud.
Medusea fructus-pini, Haw.
Medusea major, Haw.
Medusea tessellata, Haw.
This member of the Euphorbiaceae
family was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. It is found in the
western part of South Africa's Cape Province. It grow in sandy soils
and do fine in any well drained mix. The stem can grow to fifteen
centimetres in diameter, the whole plant up to one meter in
diameter. The flowers are crème coloured or reddish.
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 'the head of Medusa'
It might be a winter
grower, but can be grown in summer.