Euphorbia tithymaloides

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Euphorbia tithymaloides L.
  • Synonyms : Pedilanthus tithymaloides (L.) Poit.
  • Common Name : Lady's Slipper Flower Plant, Vilati Kharsani, Devil's Backbone
  • Plant Family : Euphorbiaceae
  • Plant Form : Succulents
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation, Indroda Park, Ayurvedic Udyan, Van Chetana Kendra, Aranya Van

About Euphorbia tithymaloides Plant :

  • Habit : A slender, succulent shrub, deciduous and stem much zig-zag latex milky.
  • Leaves : Alternate, ovate, acute, dentate, fleshy, thick, midrib prominent below.
  • Inflorescence : Terminal cymes
  • Flowers :
    • Involucres boat or slipper-shaped, bright red in colour.
    • Male flowers, perianth 0, stamen 1, filament hairy.
    • Ovary on a gynophore, 3-celled, styles 3, bifid.
  • Fruit : Capsule 3-lobed.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : April - June
  • Significance :
    • Commonly cultivated in the gardens as a hedge or border plant.
    • The wood is also used for making toys.