Euphorbia lactea Haw.
Candelabra Plant, Mottled Spurge, Dragon Bones, Frilled Fan, Elkhorn, Candelabra Cactus, Milkstripe Euphorbia, Mottled Candlestick
This large, cactus-like Euphorbia is native to Asia, especially India. Sometimes the upward-reaching branch groups closely resemble a candelabra, accounting for some of the many interesting common names.
Identification: Plants are large shrubs or small trees, to 16' (5 m) tall. Succulent, ribbed, upward-curving branches resembling those of cacti are 1-1¾" (3-5 cm) in diameter. Branches have whitish marbled interior coloring, three or four angles, and small spine-like protrusions that are really nearly invisible leaves. This plant also occurs in crested forms and monstrose forms.
Edibility: Poisonous Like other Euphorbias, these contain a poisonous milky latex. They can cause nausea and vomiting if eaten, severe eye irritation and temporary blindness, and dermatitis.
Euphorbia lactea on CACTUSPEDIA
Euphorbia lactea on Wikipedia
Euphorbia lactea f. cristata (crested form) at Top Tropicals
Euphorbia lactea on Erv Evans' site at the North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Euphorbia lactea on the USDA Plants Database
Euphorbia lactea on www.botanical-dermatology-database.info
Euphorbia lactea at HEAR: the Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk project
Euphorbia lactea description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 15 Oct 2013.