Euphorbia milii var. splendens
Crown of Thorns
Vascular – Exotic
Dicotyledonous Trees & Shrubs
Known from one site on Rangitoto Island, where it is a minor cultivation escape.
euphorbia: After Euphorbus, a Greek physician who served King Juba of Numidia in 12BC. Juba named a cactus to honour Euphorbus and later Linnaeus named the entire genus after the physician.
Reason For Introduction
Life Cycle Comments
In New Zealand exclusively by vegetative spread and stem disarticulation
Not produced in New Zealand
Established on Rangitoto from disarticulated stem pieces, some of which may have been deliberately discarded.
Drought tolerant. Dislikes cold, frost and snow.