Family: Euphorbiaceae Juss.
Euphorbia decaryi var. spirosticha
Distribution: An endemic species of Madagascar.
Habitat: This plant grows in extensive mats under Alluaudia procera, in area of Menarandra river in southwest Madagascar.
Description: The plant has long, subterranean, rooting stolons, their leaves reduced to scales. Areal shoots are erected, somewhat curved, up to 1 cm thick, with pale redish bark with scars after deciduous leaves. Leaves are arranged in spiral rows (spirosticha) unlike E. decaryi var. decaryi, which leaves are in vertical rows. Leaves are deciduous, in growing season arranged in a terminal rosette. They have a short 2 mm long petiole, which is channeled and widens into a lanceolate, acute, succulent, involute blade with strongly undulate margins. Cyathia are small, 5–7 mm in diameter, drooping or nodding, off-white to pinkish colour and usually occurring in pairs.
Use: This Euphorbia is of easy culture and can be propagated by splitting or cuttings.
Threat and Protection: It is classified by the IUCN Red List as vulnerable and protected by CITES.
Euphorbia decaryi var. spirosticha
Euphorbia decaryi var. spirosticha
Euphorbia decaryi var. spirosticha
These images were taken in culture.