African Milk Tree   
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African Milk Tree
P Native Photo: Saneesh CS
Common name: African Milk Tree, High Chaparall, Cathedral Cactus • Kannada: Mandagalli • Malayalam: Kallimullu • Sanskrit: Vajra-vriksa • Tamil: Kattimantu, Palkalli • Telugu: Attimandu, Kundigi
Botanical name: Euphorbia trigona    Family: Euphorbiaceae (Castor family)

African Milk Tree is a shrub, up to 2 m high, fleshy, green or reddish green; main stems semiround, up to 10 cm in diameter. Branches are many, ascending, appressed to stems, striped upwards, triangular, 3- winged, white-marbled in between the wings; podaria papillate, about 0.5 x 1 cm, about 1 cm apart; spines 2, divaricate, straight, 2 - 3 mm long, brown, persistent. Leaves are elliptic to obovate-elliptic, wedge-shaped at base, entire, subpointed to pointed-apiculate at tip, 1 - 4 x 0.5 - 2 cm, green to reddish beneath, persistent; leaf-stalks 1 - 3 mm long. Flowers are white or a combination of white and light yellow. The flowers appear in spring and summer, but potted plants mostly do not flower at all. African Milk Tree is found in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Africa.

Identification credit: Saneesh CS Photographed in Anantapur distt., Andhra Pradesh.

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