Euphorbia neriifolia

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Euphorbia neriifolia L
  • Synonyms : Euphorbia ligularia Roxb. ex Buch. Ham.
  • Common Name : Vaad Thor
  • Plant Family : Euphorbiaceae
  • Plant Form : Succulents
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 4, 9, 10, 12-27, 29, 30
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation, Indroda Park, Ayurvedic Udyan, Punit Van, Sarita Udyan, Van Chetana Kendra, Aranya Van

About Euphorbia neriifolia Plant :

  • Habit : A large, fleshy, much-branched shrub.
  • Stem : Branches rounded, some what verticillate with pairs of sharp, stipular spines arising form low conical truncate, distant spirally arranged tubercles.
  • Leaves : Fleshy, alternate, obovate, rounded at the apex, smooth, narrow at base, sessile deciduous.
  • Flowers :
    • Involucers 3-nate, forming small, shortly pedunculate solitary or twin cymes, the central flower is male, sessile, appearing first, the 2 lateral flowers bisexual, pedicellate, lobes large, erect, fimbricate, glands transversely oblong, bracteoles many.
    • Stamens 40 in 5 bundles.
    • Ovary superior, styles undivided.
  • Fruits : Capsules of 3, 1-seeded, cocci.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : March-April
  • Significance : Common everywhere and often planted for hedges.