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Euphorbi
Crown of Thorns Cactus
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Crown of Thorns Cactus

Euphorbiaceae Euphorbia milii

Thunder
Thunder
Type Categories Useful Parts
Shrub
Shrub
Medicine Stems

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Euphorbiaceae Family
Cassava, Mandioca Euphorb Tree Euphorb Cypress Spurge Gopher Spurge Creeping Spurge Poinsettia Tread Softly Chenille Plant variegated spurge, whitemargined spurge

Euphorbia Genus
Cypress Spurge Gopher Spurge Creeping Spurge Poinsettia variegated spurge, whitemargined spurge Crown of Thorns Cactus
Other Names for this Plant

Christ Plant, Christ Thorn


Location

Native to Madagascar

Physical Description
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It is a succulent climbing shrub growing to 1.8m tall, with densely spiny stems, the straight, slender spines up to 3 cm long, which help it scramble over other plants. The leaves are found mainly on new growth, and are obovate, up to 3.5 cm long and 1.5 cm broad. The flowers are small, subtended by a pair of conspicuous petal-like bracts, variably red, pink, or white, up to 12 mm broad

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Euphorbiaceae
Malpighiales
Malpighi Order
Oxid Clad
Oxid-Faba
Fabidae
Bean-Like Class
Eurosids
Real Rose Class
Rosids
Rosids
Rose-Like Class
Core Eudicots
Core Eudicots
Main, Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Eudicots
Eudicots
Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Mesangiospermae
Mesangiospermae
Half Capsule Seed Division
Magnoliophyta
Magnoliophyta
Magnolia Division
Spermatophytes
Spermatophytes
Seed Plants
Euphyllophytina
Real Land Plants
Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
Stomatophytes
Stomatophytes
Air Pores Sub-Kingdom
Embryophytes
Embryophytes
Multicellular Land Plants
Streptobionta
Streptobionta
Multicellular Plants
Plantae
Plantae
Plants
Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus
General Information

Medicinal Uses: Despite its poisonous properties, in the past the latex had been used for medicinal purposes.

Veterinary Uses: The latex of some species has been used for arrow poisons and to stupefy fish for capture. Euphorbias are not planted near stocked pools since the exudate from broken roots can be fatal to fish

In Lore, Legend, and Life: Wat Phrik in the Phitsanulok District of Phitsanulok Province, Thailand claims to be the home of the world's tallest Christ plant

The common names allude to the legend that the crown of thorns worn by Christ at the time of his crucifixion was made from stems of this plant. Interestingly, the stems of this plant are pliable and can be intertwined into a circle. There exists substantial evidence that the species, native to Madagascar, had been brought to the Middle East before the time of Christ.



Crown of Thorns Cactus

Crown of Thorns Cactus


Crown of Thorns Cactus

Crown of Thorns Cactus


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