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Euphorbia resinifera

Phonetic Spelling
yoo-FOR-bee-ah res-in-IH-fer-ah
This plant has medium severity poison characteristics.
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Description

Euphorbia resinifera, or Resin Spurge, is a species of spurge with erect succulent stems that, at first glance, have the appearance of cactus. The plant is a dense, slow-growing shrub forming a multi-stemmed, cushion-shaped clump that can grow to 24 inches tall and spreading to 6 feet, 7 inches wide. The ascending branches are pale green with four ridges, short, sharp spines and small, inconspicuous flowers. It is sometimes used as a houseplant.

Resin Spurge has stiff, mounding form. It is generally leafless with the stems providing photosynthesis. The flowers are small, simple, and bright yellow. Flowering is rare out of its native range. It grows best in partial to full sun and is tolerant of alkaline and saline soils; however, soils must be well drained. Little to no additional water is needed during most of the year. Supplemental water is needed only during the hottest months of the summer. Stem cuttings (resin spurge branches profusely and stem segments are readily available). Allow stem segments (propagules) to dry for a week before planting so the wound can seal. Unsealed cuttings, planted too soon, will easily rot before they can grow roots.

Diseases, Insects, and Other Plant Problems:

No known diseases or other plant problems.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#poisonous#houseplant#shrub#succulent#cpp
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#poisonous#houseplant#shrub#succulent#cpp
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Euphorbia
    Species:
    resinifera
    Family:
    Euphorbiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Morocco
    Edibility:
    Toxic
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Poisonous
    Shrub
    Succulent
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Ascending
    Dense
    Erect
    Mounding
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Texture:
    Coarse
    Appendage:
    Spines
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    9b, 9a, 10b, 10a, 11b, 11a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    A small capsule with one seed in each cell.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    The flowers are small, simple, and bright yellow.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Insignificant
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    Yes
    Stem Cross Section:
    Square
    Stem Form:
    Straight
    Stem Surface:
    Covered with a powdery bloom (glaucous)
    Stem Description:
    The stems are erect, succulent, superficially like a cactus, four-angled, with short but sharp pairs of 0.24 inch spines on the angles, spaced about 0.39 inches apart up the stem.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Medium
    Poison Symptoms:
    When ingested, sap from the plant can cause nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea when ingested. If your skin should come in contact with the sap, expect redness, swelling, or blisters after some delay. The plant causes only low toxicity if eaten. Skin irritation is minor and of short duration. Resin euphorbia emits a thick white milky sap known as latex when stems are cut or damaged. The latex is particularly dangerous for the eyes, skin and mucous membranes and will produce burning pain in bones and limbs, paralytic weakness in the joints, and respiratory and skin toxicity.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Diterpene esters in milky latex
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Bark
    Flowers
    Fruits
    Leaves
    Roots
    Sap/Juice
    Seeds
    Stems