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Euphorbia tirucalli, Pencil Bush, Milk-bush, Pencil Tree, Fire Fingers

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 Euphorbia tirucalli
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Pencil Bush, Milk-bush, Pencil Tree, Fire Fingers
Origin: Swaziland
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterIrritatingSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Succulent and spineless treelets to 20 ft tall; trunk to 16" in diam.; stems and branches green, with milky latex. Leaves soon caducous or leafless, rarely alternate at apex young branchlets in former year. Branched green, rather succulent, cylindrical pencil like stems. The plants are usually leaf less, but for a few small leaves at the tips of the branches; but these leaves fall off soon. This is called the ‘cactoid habit’, due to which the species is often confused with the cacti (Rhipsalis baccifera). A small prick releases milky latex, which is absent in the cacti.


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Euphorbia tirucalli, Pencil Bush, Milk-bush, Pencil Tree, Fire Fingers

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Euphorbia tirucalli, Pencil Bush, Milk-bush, Pencil Tree, Fire Fingers

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Euphorbia tirucalli, Pencil Bush, Milk-bush, Pencil Tree, Fire Fingers

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Euphorbia tirucalli, Pencil Bush, Milk-bush, Pencil Tree, Fire Fingers

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Euphorbia tirucalli, Pencil Bush, Milk-bush, Pencil Tree, Fire Fingers

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Euphorbia tirucalli, Pencil Bush, Milk-bush, Pencil Tree, Fire Fingers

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Euphorbia tirucalli, Pencil Bush, Milk-bush, Pencil Tree, Fire Fingers

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Euphorbia tirucalli, Pencil Bush, Milk-bush, Pencil Tree, Fire Fingers

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Euphorbia tirucalli, Pencil Bush, Milk-bush, Pencil Tree, Fire Fingers

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Pencil Tree, Fire Fingers. Very cool succulent plant, branched green, rather succulent, cylindrical pencil like stems. The plants are usually leaf less, but for a few small leaves at the tips of the branches; but these leaves fall off soon. This is called the cactoid habit, due to which the species is often confused with the cacti (Rhipsalis baccifera). A small prick releases milky latex, which is absent in the cacti. In bright light, top of the plant has reddish color, hence the common name Fire Fingers.
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Grown in 6"/1 gal pot, small plant

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$29.00

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