Edward Brown, 1911
decaryiana, Croizat, 1934.
Euphorbia specksii, W.Rauh, 2000.
This member of the
Euphorbiaceae family was described by Nicholas Edward Brown in 1911.
It is found in the south and south-western Madagascar, growing in
well drained soil with some water and not too much sun. The caudex
will grow to 20 centimetres in diameter, the stems to two meters in height.
The flowers are yellow to pale red, and besides seeds, it can be
reproduced by cuttings of the stems and roots. Seedlings many times produce knots (like in a rope) in
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 Hedyotis', a genus in the Rubiaceae family.