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Euphorbia mauritanica var. mauritanica

   (Family: Euphorbiaceae)
Afrikaans: gifmelkbos, geelmelkbos, Jakkalsbos, Vingerpol English: Pencil Milkbush Xhosa: intsema, umsulusulu  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 1.5m
Spread: 2m
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (heavy)
  Frost Tolerant (heavy)
Rarity Status:
Preferred rainfall: Winter
Preferred altitude: 0 - 600m
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
  Sand (coarse texture, drains easily),
Clay (fine texture, holds a lot of water)
Biome: Succulent Karoo
  Poisonous to stock
Flowering time EDIT
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flower colours
  Flower scent EDIT
  Sweetly scented
  Flower info
  Sweetly scented yellow flowers are borne in terminal inflorescences. The male cyathium is surrounded by 5 bisexual cyathia.
Leaf shape EDIT
Leaf margin
Leaf type
Leaf texture Smooth
Bark / Stem type
  Leaf info EDIT
  The leaves are thin and lance shaped, only appearing on young brances and soon falling off.
  Seed info EDIT
Description EDIT
A much branched, succulent shrub with erect, cylindrical yellowish-green branches bearing scattered leaf scars. The stems are able to photosynthesize.
Growing EDIT
Distribution EDIT
Usually found in sandy, flat areas at the foot of hills but also on rocky slopes. A widespread species occurring from Angola, Namibia, through the Cape to KwaZulu-Natal.
History EDIT
The latex has been used to make poison arrows.
The San only used the milky latex for its cohesive properties.
Ecology EDIT
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18 September 2013 17:12
Apparently these Plants are utilized for medical purposes, Is there someone out there that can give me more info about such?

22 September 2013 12:43
From what I've seen this species is not really used medicinally, but there has been some research into it's cancer treatment properties.

This webpage has a good list of Euphorbia's and their medicinal properties.
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