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Euphorbia lactea 'White Ghost'

Family Name: Euphorbiaceae
Full Sun: 6-8h Semi-Shade Little Water Interiorscape / Indoor Plant Dry Soils / Drought Succulent Plant


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Succulent Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Plant Shape Irregular
Maximum Height 1.5 m to 4.5 m
Maximum Plant Spread / Crown Width 1.5 m to 3 m

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Succulent with 1 main, tall, erect stem which is densely branched.
Foliage Tiny leaves are directly attached to the stem. They quickly drop off, leaving the stem bare throughout most of the year.
Stems White, 4-sided stem is mostly white with a few greyish green speckles and streaks. The stem edge is distinctly undulate, forming a zig-zag pattern. The protrusions along the leaf margin are armed with a pair of short, greyish spines. Branches off the main stem bend gently upwards in a candelabra-like shape with smaller branches forming near the tips.
Flowers This cultivar seldom produces flowers. Tiny florets are arranged in a yellowish inflorescence known as a cyathium. The cyathia occur in pairs near the stem tips.
Cultivation It can be planted in full sun where it receives mostly morning sun. Intense afternoon sun may cause the stem to burn. This hybrid requires well-drained soil which is allowed to dry between waterings. Care must be taken to avoid the toxic, white sap which can irritate eyes, skin and mucous membranes.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Stems, Ornamental Form
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Dry Soils / Drought, Well-Drained Soils
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Focal Plant, Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Container Planting
Thematic Landscaping Rockery / Desert Garden
Usage Hazard - Cons Spines/Thorns - Stem/Branch, Toxic Upon Ingestion, Irritant - Sap

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun, Semi-Shade
Water Preference Little Water
Propagation Method Stem Cutting
Plant Growth Rate Remarks Grows slower than the species Euphorbia lactea which is green.

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower & Plant Sexuality 1 Unisexual Flowers
Flower & Plant Sexuality 2 Monoecious
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flower Location Terminal
Inflorescence Type Cyathium

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Master ID 31938
Species ID 6340
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Species record last updated on: 20 August 2021.