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      Euphorbia meloformis

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Similar to E. obesa but with long and persistent flower stalks.

 

Description: E. meloformis has round green and purple banded, spineless stems with 8 to 12 ribs. It occasionally offsets from the base. It is very similar in look to E. obesa, but with small yellow flowers on long peduncles which dry and persist on the plant after blooming, It is quite common in cultivation, though less so than its relative E. obesa. Both species need male and female plants in order to set seed.
Remarks: The plants in the wild differ from one population to another, but also from one plant to another. This has caused much confusion. And on top of this there is a very closely related 'species' growing nearby, Euphorbia valida
, which is now considered a subspecies of E. meloformis.
Cultivation:
It likes a sunny position. It does best in a mineral soil, and good drainage is essential. Water sparingly during the summer months and keep dry in winter. It is a slow-growing long-ived plant and, once established, it will be content in its position and with its soil for years.  It can tolerate moderate shade, and a plant that has been growing in shade should be slowly hardened off before placing it in full sun as the plant will be severely scorched if moved too suddenly from shade into sun.  It is propagated from seed sown during spring or summer.

Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of Euphorbia meloformis.

Family: Euphorbiaceae

Scientific name:  Euphorbia Meloformis Aiton 1789

OriginThis species originally came from three geografically separated distribution-areas.  The type locality is near the Zwartkops River, north-west of Port Elizabeth in the vicinity of the ocean.  A second distribution-area is found over a hundred km to the east in the neighbourhood of Grahamstown, and again at more than 100 km to the east of Grahamstown, a bit north of Peddie

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

 

 

 


A male specimen (pollen producing plant).
Flowering can be achieved within 4-6 years.


 

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