Specie: E. tirucalli
Firestick Plants, Indian Tree Spurge, Naked Lady, Pencil Tree, Sticks on Fire or Milk Bush
Name in Latin: Euphorbiaceae
Name in English: Spurge family
Growth Habit: The branches are cylindrical, smooth and glabrous-green, 5-8 mm in diameter, forming brush-like masses that are the best known feature of this species. Plants are without spines,The rubber-hedge euphorbia is a many-branched, succulent plant, it is a a hydrocarbon plant
Flower:The flowers are yellow, inconspicuous, and carried in clusters at the apex of the short branches or in the angles of branches.
Blooming Period: September to December
Leaf: The leaves are small and slender, up to 12 x 1.5 mm, rarely seen, as they fall very early.
houseplant, fuel, medicinal
Care and Handling
Soil: A well-drained succulent mix, with an ideal pH around 6.0 (slightly acidic).
Amount of water: Water during the summer and spring, making sure drainage is immaculate. Reduce water in the winter to monthly.
Nutrition: Feed with a controlled-release fertilizer in the beginning of the season or weekly with a weak liquid solution. Use a balanced 20-20-20 fertilizer at 1/4 strength on mature plants, and a fertilizer with less nitrogen on young plants.
Special handling: The milky sap contained in this plant is extremely irritating to the skin and mucosa and possibly toxic.
Hydrocarbon plants or petroleum plants are plants which produce terpenoids as secondary metabolites in sufficient quantities to make it economically feasible to convert their dry mass to gasoline-like fuels.
Milk bush also has uses in traditional medicine in many cultures..