Synonymous: Tithymalus tirucalli Tirucalia indica Euphorbia viminalis Euphorbia geayi Euphorbia laro Euphorbia media Euphorbia rhipsalioides Euphorbia scoparia Euphorbia suareziana Arthrothamnus tirucalli. Distribution and habitat: Euphorbia tirucalli is a shrub that grows in semi-arid tropical climates. It has a wide distribution in Africa, being prominently present in northeastern, central and southern Africa. It may also be native in other parts of the continent as well as some surrounding islands and the Arabian peninsula and has been introduced to many other tropical regions. It grows in dry areas and is often used to feed cattle or as hedging.
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Naked Lady – Ezy Care Succulents
Introduced from Africa as a garden plant, it is now naturalized in tropical areas and rainforests in the Amazon, Madagascar, Asia India, Philippines, Viet Nam , Australia and South Africa and elsewhere in the tropics. The modern distribution of this species appears to have become confused by introductions and subsequent naturalization it has a long history of utilization be people , so it is hard to know which countries are part of the original range. Altitude: m. Habitat: Occurs in semi-arid tropical climates in various habitats ranging from the sea-coasts to the mountain in open savanna, thin woodland, grassy hills, rocky outcrops and ridges, and along river courses.
Naked lady (Euphorbia tirucalli)
A hardy, leafless ornamental shrub with smooth, dull green branches, cultivated as a pot plant or in the garden as a small tree. The flowers are small and yellow. The leaves are small, narrow, dull green and soon fall off.
The name of this Euphorbia relates to a peculiar phosphorescent light that it can emit at night. Enjoyed as a container plant or houseplant, it provides year round interest and also makes the perfect addition to a rock garden or waterwise garden. Treated as a cactus, it requires water only occasionally and likes free-draining soil and high light levels.