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Euphorbia turbiniformis forma cristata

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Euphorbia turbiniformis cristata
This is one of the most extraordinarily beautiful and rare succulent crests.
 

Cultivation: This species is always found grafted because it is very difficult (if not impossible) to grow it on its own roots.

 

Family: Euphorbiaceae

Scientific name:  Euphorbia turbiniformis Chiovenda 1929
forma cristata

Origin:  This is a narrow endemic Euphorbia only in a small part of northeastern Somalia.  Once believed extinct, this species was originally descibed by Emilio Chiovenda (1874-1941) in 'Flora Somala vol 3' en 1936 and newly rediscovered 32 years later by John J. Lavranos near Eil (Eyl) in Somalia.

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.
 

 


Description:
Euphorbia turbiniformis is a dwarf, globose succulent that live almost underground.
Stem: Spherical with a short obconic caudex about 4 cm tall x 6-8 cm in diameter, it grows almost buried in the soil and has lost all its spines. The apex is depressed an the epidermis is smooth, shining. Usually it has a single growing point, but in cultivation the plant can branch dichotomously forming two to several apexes.
Flowers: The very small yellow cyathias ( both male and female) are born on a short cymose inflorescence up to 5 mm long.
Remarks: Crested plants are very rare rare but time by time seen in cultivation and sought after by collectors.


 


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