Euphorbia mammillaris Variegata
English name: Indian Corn Cob Cactus
Latin name: Euphorbia mammilaris ‘Variegata’
Family: Spurge/Euphorbia - Euphorbiaceae
Origin: Republic of South Africa
This short-stemmed spurge succulent branches out strongly, creating with age a dense cluster of shoots. In the ‘Variegata’ cluster, the stem is thick, green and white with emerald-coloured spots, stiff, and ribbed, reaching a length of 20 to 35 cm. and a diameter of 1.5 to 6 cm. The shoots are sparsely coloured with pale-coloured thorns, about one centimetre long. The leaves are inconspicuous, almost invisible. Its small yellow flowers appear on the ends of stems from late winter to early summer. The plant juice has toxic properties, and may cause skin irritation.