Euphorbia virosa


Euphorbia virosa

Taxobox
name = "Euphorbia virosa"


image_width = 250px
regnum = Plantae
divisio = Magnoliophyta
classis = Magnoliopsida
ordo = Malpighiales
familia = Euphorbiaceae
genus = "Euphorbia"
species = "E. virosa"
binomial = "Euphorbia virosa"

"Euphorbia virosa" is a plant of the spurge family Euphorbiaceae. It has a short main stem, usually twisted, from which 5-10 cm branches emerge. These leafless branches have 5 to 8 edges. Paired thorns grow in regularly spaced intervals from the edges.

"Euphorbia virosa" is commonly distributed from the Orange River in South Africa to Southern Angola, occupying mainly arid areas in Namibia. The plant contains within the branches a milky and creamy substance with carcinogenic properties. This substance is very poisonous and is used by Bushmen to dip the tips of their hunting arrows. Contact with it causes skin irritation, and if the eyes are afflicted, blindness may occur.


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