Striped Green Spurge
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Striped Green Spurge
P Introduced Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Striped Green Spurge
Botanical name: Euphorbia knuthii    Family: Euphorbiaceae (Castor family)

Striped Green Spurge is a dwarf spiny succulent shrublet, characterised by its unusual gnarled, serpentine stem topped with cascading stems of up to a metre long, which eventually droop under their own weight to appear scrambling. The stems are thin and square in cross-section, with light and dark grey-green longitudinal vareigations. The flowers are green, reduced in size and aggregated into a cluster called cyathia. Spine shields are obovate, decurrent to 1 cm; spines 2-9 mm long, needle-like; prickles minute or absent. Leaves are 8-15 x 3.5 mm, lanceolate, falling off. It grows rapidly, and produces amazing tuberous roots, and is believed to be hardy. Striped Green Spurge is native to S. Mozambique to S. Africa, cultivated as a succulent widely.

Identification credit: N Arun Kumar Photographed in Yogi Nursery, Delhi.

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