Thursday, July 12, 2012

Euphorbia Milii

@ mirandablue
Euphorbia Milii, also known as Crown of Thorns, is a woody, spiny, climbing succulent shrub with shoots reaching the height of 6 feet.  The common name alludes to the legend that the Euphorbia Milii worn by Christ at the time of his crucifixion was made from the stems of this plant.  Interestingly, the stems of this plant are pliable and can be intertwined into a circle.  There exists substantial evidence that the species, native to Madagascar, had been brought to the Middle East before the time of Christ.

The Euphorbia Milii is a member of the family Euphorbiaceae (Spurge Family).  It is a large family, including such plants as Poinsettia, Castor Bean, Cassava.  Most members of the Spurge family exude a sticky white sap (latex) from any cut surface.  The sap can cause painful and itchy rash if it comes in contact with the skin, and is poisonous if ingested.

This plant loves sunshine.
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14 comments:

Dianne said...

so so beautiful!
I like big sturdy buds and I love how dark the green is

your sign post is great too :)

beagleAnnie said...

Great shots!

Fitness Buff said...

I see a lot of this color here. Beautiful shot!

My entry.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

A beautiful flower -- and I had not heard that bit of history/lore! Thanks for sharing.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Interesting colour tones in this flower! Great contrast with the green of the leaves!

Jama said...

Beautiful! I see this plant commonly grown here .

Joyful said...

It's beautiful. I've never seen this flower before.

joanne said...

I googled this gorgeous bloom and learned it is a delicate tropical, so I guess growing one in the Northeast is out! great photos

HoodPhoto said...

Pretty! I like the marbled colors of the petals!

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Libby said...

Cool! It looks tie-tied :)

Kalantikan said...

Hi Luna, we have lots of this too, even if i try to discard all of them. Yes, trying to see the Epiphyllum oxypetalum bloom is not easy, imagine that, my timing failed for almost 3 years, till the 2nd blooming this season i was fortunately in sync!

A wondering star said...

Beautiful picture! I think the flowers are so velvety soft.
Nice to get as good information about the plant.
Thanks so much for visit and comment on my blog, Luna Miranda!:)

Jim said...

Beautiful shots.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

JM said...

Beautiful close-ups and patterns of the Euphorbia flowers!