Euphorbia spiralis

Product Description
$ 9.25

Euphorbia spiralis

(This plant comes in a 3.5" pot. You will receive a very similar plant to the one in the picture. It may or may not be blooming at the time of your purchase. This plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots).

Description: Euphorbia spiralis is a scrubby, leafless, cactus-like succulent related to Euphorbia polyacantha. It is the only spiny succulent euphorbia on Socotra (a typical example of convergent evolution, morphologically strongly reminiscent of neotropical cacti), possessing thick succulent stems with rows of paired spines arranged along the longitudinal ridges. The specific epithet spiralis coined by Balfour refers to the spiralling of the stem in specimens he observed, however, stems can be either straight or spiraling and, in fact, spiralling of the stem seems rather rare. A second species, Euphorbia septumsulcata, was separated by the greater number of stem angles. However, this seems to fall within the variation found in E. spiralis and so is not recognized as an independent species. Euphorbia spiralis individuals varies noticeably in shape some form few branched open shrub while other have a distinct cushion-like growth-form, with the stems densely packed.Stems: Candelabra-shaped, globoid to columnar, greyish-green, branched from the base, 40-80 cm high. Branches 5 7-angled. Angles compressed, straight or (occasionally) spirally twisted (both clockwise of counter-clockwise), sinuate.

Spines: Paired, arranged along the ribs upon solitary grey shields, small.

Leaves: Small, short lived, deciduous with a leathery texture

Flower: Peduncles (stalks) long and persistent with primary bloom time occurring in December in the Southern Hemisphere. The flowers are pale green in color and unisexual, generally reduced and grouped into pseudanthia (flower heads) called cyathia. Each flower head consists of both male and female flowers, with the male flowers outnumbering the females. Female flowers carry three-part pistils located over three-part ovaries. Typically, female flowers produce three or more seeds.


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To prevent plants from freezing while in transit, orders placed for areas with extreme severe freezing temperatures will be held for shipment until it is safe to ship.

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Most of our plants come in a 3.5 inch pot