Dwarf spineless succulent composed of weird globular,
segmented fingers off a caudiciform base, up to 8 cm tall. Forms thick
mats of dwarf subshrubs up to 30 cm in diameter.
Stem: Branching from the base; branches forming a cushion,
constricted into globose segments near ground; The subglobose stem
segments (remembering of an Opuntia) can grow up to three centimeters in
diameter, and 2.5 to 4 cm long. Flowering branches clavate to subglobose
or subcylindric, to 6 cm long, 14 mm wide, deciduous, often persistent
in cultivated plant.
Leaves: Leaves reduced, lanceolate, to 3 mm long, early
deciduous; spines absent.
Roots: +/- Tuberous.
Flowers: Large stellate greenish yellow on long, thin stalks. :
Cyathia solitary, or 2 to several in cymes, long- or short- peduncled,
peduncles thread-like, to 3 mm long, or to 8 cm long; bracts 5 - 4;
involucres to 2 cm in diameter, lobes rhombic; glands 5, divided into 3
- 4 linear segments, to 7 mm long, with minute, white-margined pits.
Remarks: Contrarily to
Euphorbia symmetrica, Euphorbia globosa does not have a
tap root and can be reared in a relatively shallow pot. Sometimes needs
pruning not to look like a mess.