Euphorbia cotinifolia

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Euphorbia cotinifolia L.
  • The generic name is said to be given in the honour of Euphorbus, a physician to King Juba of Mawitania.The specific name comes from the words cotinus meaning "smoketree" and folia meaning "leaf".

  • Common Name : Caribbean Copper Plant, Mexican Shrubby Spurge, Red Spurge, Smoketree Spurge, Tropical Smoke Bush
  • Plant Family : Euphorbiaceae
  • Plant Form : Shrub
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Euphorbia cotinifolia Plant :

  • Habit : An evergreen shrub with flexible purplish stems and Cream, Light Gray or Dark Gray, Smooth bark.
  • Leaves : Coppery-purple thin fleshy broad.
  • Inflorescence : Cyathium
  • Flowers : Inconspicuous, Green or Whiteflowers with creamy bracts.
  • Fruit : Brown Capsule, Very Small.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : November - January
  • Significance : It is commonly grown as an ornamental plant in gardens and in pots, due to its colourful and distinctive foliage.