Alexander Gilli, 1974
Euphorbia tenuispinosa var. robusta, P.R.O.Bally & S.Carter.
(Not: Euphorbia taitensis, Pax 1904, as Boissier used that name in 1869)
This member of the Euphorbiaceae
was given this name by Alexander Gilli, in 1974. It is found in south-eastern
Kenya and north-eastern Tanzania, growing in a well drained soil with
some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to seven centimetres in diameter, the entire plant
to 100 or even 180 centimetres in height. The flowers are yellowish-brown.
The genera is named after
Euphorbos, the Greek physician of King Juba II of Numidia. The
species is named from Latin; tenuis; 'thin' and spinosa;