Spreading, succulent shrub or tree to 4 m high. All stems similar, cylindrical and usually in whorls; each stem about 7 mm wide on flower-bearing stems, becoming up to 10 cm thick on main trunks, grey-green. Stipular spines minute, glandular. Leaves rudimentary, soon shed. Cyathophylls not showy, much reduced.
Uncertain, probably E Africa, India.
Source: (2002). Euphorbiaceae. In: . 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.