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What is this?

Posted by JonnieSilvs none (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 27, 13 at 12:43

This plant is growing in front of a large, north-facing window at my university. There are small leaves situated (mostly) at the new growth points, although there are a few scattered ones at nodes. It is perhaps 8 feet tall.


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RE: What is this?

Euphorbia tirucalli, or Pencil Cactus. Sap may be very toxic to some; handle c care.
It is a tough, no-care plant (other than handling) plant that needs very little water and moderate light. Very happy in clay and watered once a month or less.


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RE: What is this?

Hi there
it could be a sun starved Euphorbia tirucalli (pencil tree or something)
they naturalize on the Canary Island but probably originate frome somewhere else.

you can root cuttings/ limbs after they dried for some days,
bye, Lin

Here is a link that might be useful: funny Euphorbia


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RE: What is this?

These plants should almost come c an MSDS.
If you cut them, be careful not to get that sap on your skin- or worse yet in your eyes.They bleed like stuck pigs. Wash hands and arms after handling. Wear protective clothing and gloves.
They are originally from Africa.


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Bleeding of the plant is stopped immediately if the cut is doused with water.


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RE: What is this?

The latex is caustic on skin only to those who are sensitive to it (mucous membranes are different). Many have no reaction at all. I have never found the latex bleeding of any euphorbia to be much of an issue - I prune my pencil cactus as needed to get the puppy back indoors each fall.


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