Euphorbia erythraeae () Fl. Trop. Afr. [Oliver et al.] 6(): [Mar ] (nom. illeg., Art. ). Accepted Scientific Name: Euphorbia. Euphorbia candelabrum are succulent house plants that are fairly uniform in size and shape. The distinctive shape resembles a candelabra, hence the name. Candelabrum spurge has such an exotic form that it has become a popular landscape plant. This one is on the grounds of a safari hotel at.
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Buenecker Euphorbia candelabrum var. Euphorbia erythraeae Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli Origin and Habitat: Euphorbia erythraeae is one of the innumerable local form of the very variable Euphorbia abyssinica. It is a nice large, cactus-like, candlestick, tree Euphorbia with short thorns.
It form a dense crown of ascending branches usually up to 4,5 m tall but reported to reach 9 or more metres of height It has the same variable characteristics of the species and making precise descriptions may be difficult. Columnar, angular branches, cm wide, constricted into ovate segment approx. Usually 4 but up to 8 in juvenile specimens very deep, vertical or slightly twisted with thin walls and shallow sinuate teeth up to12 mm apart.
Spine Shields triangular, about 10 x 7 mm wide, separate or closely packed almost touching on the rib border, becoming corky.
Spines in pairs, stout mm long. Ovate lanceolate, cm long only on new growth at stems tips. Cymes, simple 1 to 5 together. Cyathia mm wide, peduncles up to 5 mm long stout, nectar glands elliptic yellow, almost touching.
Capsules about 12 x 15 mm wide, subglobose, fleshy, white turning red, hardening brown, becoming deeply 3-lobed at maturity before dehiscence. Smooth, subglobose, 4,5 x 3,5 mm wide.
Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Euphorbia abyssinica group. It is an easy species to grow that is suited for any well drained soil in full sun. But young plant are happy growing indoors, where they can easily reach the ceiling. It is a moderately fast grower, and will quickly become large landscape masterpieces in just years. Give the plant an airy growing medium which mainly consists of non organic material such us clay, pumice, lava grit, and only a little peat or leaf-mould.
If plant becomes very red, this is a sign that the roots have not developed properly, so repot the plant with fresh growing medium. Like quite small pots, repott in very later winter, early spring.
It will be content in its position and with its soil for years. Water regularly during the active growing season from March to September. No water should ever be allowed to stand around the roots. Keep almost completely dry in winter.
Need a perfect fertilizer diet in summer. Use preferably a cacti and succulents fertilizer with high potassium content including all micro nutrients and trace elements or slow release fertilizer. Only downside is from strong winds, the columns often smash into each other, causing permanent scarring It can tolerate moderate shade, and a plant that has been growing in shade should be slowly hardened off before placing it in full sun as the plant will be severely scorched if moved too suddenly from shade into sun.
Can be pruned for shape and branching. Frost tender, frost free zones only. It is definitely more tender than Euphorbia ammak or Euphorbia ingens Warning: All Euphorbias contain a white sap that can be irritating to eyes and mucous membranes. If contact is made with this white sap, take care to not touch face or eyes before washing hands with soap and water. This tree can be grown in large, rocky, well-drained soil in gardens in drier areas. It is very drought resistant but susceptible to frost.
It makes one of the better house plants for an Euphorbiadealing well with low light situations though recommend higher light if possible.
Somewhat user-friendly with only sparse spines along the edges of the plant. Slightly delicate, though, and spines tear off easily, exposing that latexy sap. It is also appreciated as a live fence because it is easily propagated from untreated mature branch cuttings.
Its latex is used to produce a gasoline-like substitute. It is used to stupefy fish, making it possible to catch them by hand. The fish poison is prepared by soaking a bundle of grass in the latex, tying it to a stone and throwing it into the water.
Paralysed fish rise to the surface within a short period of time. It is easy to propagate by cuttings in late spring to summer, just take a cutting of the plant let it dry for 1 or 2 weeks and stuff it in the ground preferably dry, loose, extremely well draining soil.
It is better to wash the cut to remove the latex. Place the cutting in a warm, bright and cndelabrum humid spot, to increase the building of new roots.
Euphorbia candelabrum – Wikispecies
Berger Euphorbia candelabrum var. Berger See all synonyms of Euphorbia abyssinica. Has cream, yellow and pale-green variegated stems. Send a photo of this plant. The gallery now contains thousands of pictures, however it is possible to do even more. We are, of course, seeking photos of species not yet shown in the gallery but not only that, we are also looking for better pictures than those already present.
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