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Euphorbia susannae


Euphorbia susannae

Family Name: Euphorbiaceae


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Succulent Plant


Native Distribution South Africa

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Small, clump-forming succulent up to 10 cm tall and 30 cm wide.
Foliage The leaves are short bristles found only on newly formed stems.
Stems Round to oval, green to brownish green stems are arranged in tight clusters. The stems are 12- to 16-ribbed and lined with soft, conical tubercles.
Flowers Minute flowers are arranged in green or brown cyathias.
Habitat Endemic to a few areas within the Cape Province of South Africa. Occurs on sandy, rocky soils in the open or underneath small shrubs. This species typically grows belowground with only stem tips exposed.
Cultivation Avoid contact with its toxic milky sap which is especially harmful to the eyes and mouth. It grows best in well-drained soil under bright, but indirect light and adequate air circulation. It may burn under full sun. 
Etymology The specific epithet is named after the wife of Dr. John Muir who discovered the species.

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Little Water

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Master ID 32935
Species ID 7349
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Species record last updated on: 20 August 2021.