Euphorbia ferox

Did You Know?—I’m not seeing the similar features

Did you know?

I finally got around to repotting my spiny Euphorbia ferox into a larger pot with similar spines on the side:

Euphorbia ferox

Little itsy bitsy teeny tiny yellow flower buds are popping out all over.

If you’re thinking that you have heard “Euphorbia” before, well it’s possible. Your common Christmas poinsettia is Euphorbia pulcherrima.


The common “crown of thorns” also is a Euphorbia, Euphorbia milii.

Crown of Thorns

The genus Euphorbia is a very large and diverse genus of plants, as shown here. Who would think that the poinsettia was botanically related to those thorny cacti?

According to sources, it’s the result of convergent evolution where independent evolution results in similar features in species of different lineages.


I’m just not seeing the poinsettia’s “similar features” to those two thorny cacti?


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13 thoughts on “Did You Know?—I’m not seeing the similar features

    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Hire someone else to do it…………lol
      I have several methods. For those with large spines that aren’t pointy and sharp, I just wear heavy duty cloth or leather gloves.
      For the spiny, pointy ones, like bougainvillea, I wrap the plant in newspaper or towels.
      For small spiny, pointy ones, a good pair of plastic tongs like you might use for your spaghetti. I don’t use metal ones because I have found that the metal is too sharp and can damage the plant.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I did not. I bought it at the Winter Show & Sale of the San Diego Cactus & Succulent Society, and I paid a pretty penny for it. That is the pot that encouraged me to start my new A+R POTTERY business, DESIGNER POTS FOR YOUR SMALL CACTUS & SUCCULENTS.

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