Euphorbia leucocephala Lotsy


Perennial shrub to 2 m high, usually single-stemmed from rootstock, each stem branched many times; deciduous. Leaves 8-10-whorled, not clustered in rosette on flowering stems; blade elliptic to obovate, 15-90 mm long, 3-40 mm wide, upper surface dark green, lower surface pale green-grey; tip pointed, with a short sharp point; base wedge-shaped to rounded; petiole filiform, 20-50 mm long. Floral HEADs forked several times, each with 3 white rays. Cyathia 1.5-2 mm wide, lobes lanceolate, entire; glands 4, elliptic to kidney-shaped, yellow.

A pink-rayed cultivar is available.

C America.

Source: Forster, P. (2002). Euphorbiaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Malpighiales
family       Euphorbiaceae
genus        Euphorbia L.