Euphorbia tirucalli L.

Naked Lady

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: 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.

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