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Euphorbia pillansii
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Distribution: Africa: South Africa: Western Cape:


Euphorbia pillansii has a wide distribution in the arid areas of the Western Cape Province from the district of Ladismith westwards towards the Ceres district.

This unisexual Euphorbia has gray-green stems and can grow to a height of about 30 cm. The peduncles are forked and persistent performing the function of spines after the seed has been dispersed.

The plants flower in spring with small yellowish cyathia.

The cultivation of Euphorbia pillansii is relatively easy. A well drained loamy or sandy soil is best and water only occasionaly when the soil is dry. Although the plants grow in the winter rainfall area, rain in habitat is scarce and occasional summer thunderstorms also occur.

Images are from the Kromkloof area south of Ladismith. The photographs were taken with an old low resolution Mavica camera.

Some attractive thicker stem plants exist from north of Garcia's Pass.

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Plant in habitat. Seed capsules.



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