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Common name

English: Pencil cactus

German: Bleistiftstrauch


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2167)

      Order: Malpighiales (100)

        Family: Euphorbiaceae (79)(family description)

          Genus: Euphorbia (30)

            Epithet: tirucalli L. (1)

Synonyms: Arthrothamnus bergii Klotzsch & Garcke, Arthrothamnus ecklonii Klotzsch & Garcke, Arthrothamnus tirucalli (L.) Klotzsch & Garcke, Euphorbia geayi Costantin & Gallaud, Euphorbia laro Drake, Euphorbia media N.E.Br., Euphorbia rhipsaloides Lem., Euphorbia scoparia N.E.Br., Euphorbia suareziana Croizat, Tirucalia indica Raf., Tirucalia tirucalli (L.) P.V.Heath

indica => from or referring in some way to India

media => in between - as of a hybrid for instance

scoparia => brush- or broom-like

tirucalli => a Malayan vernacular name for a latex


Climate: tropical

Habit: shrub, arborescent

Flower colour: yellow

External links

Check for Euphorbia tirucalli at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI

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