Euphorbia tirucalli

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Euphorbia tirucalli L.
  • Synonyms : Euphorbia laro Drake
  • Common Name : Kharsani, African Milkbush
  • Plant Family : Euphorbiaceae
  • Plant Form : Succulents
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 2, 30
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park, Ayurvedic Udyan

About Euphorbia tirucalli Plant :

  • Habit : Deciduous shrubs or small trees, dichotomously branched, bark greenish-brown, wod white or grey, branches pale to dark green, cylindrical, smooth, spreading with plenty of latex, younger parts flexuose, internodes striate when dry.
  • Leaves : Small, linear to spathulate, subacute or obtuse at apex, tapering at base, entire along the margins, pale to dark green, minutely pubescent when young, glabrous when old, slightly grooved on upper side, appearing in monsoon but soon falling away, petioles 0.
  • Flowers : Not seen.
  • Significance :
    • This plant makes a good hedge or wind breaks.
    • Due to its poisonous properties, though the plant is unarmed, the plant is avoided by cattles.
    • Latex is used with Bajri in stomach-troubles.
    • The wood is also used for making toys.