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Euphorbia Lactea or Dragoon bones tree 50 – 70cm

Euphorbia Lactea

Euphorbia lactea, also known as the Mottled candle stick tree, thrives in dry regions with succulent stems for water storage. Resembling cacti, its compact form reduces water loss, with green stems replacing leaves for photosynthesis. Native to tropical Asia, it’s cultivated globally but often escapes cultivation, forming dense thickets in various tropical areas.

  • Max Height: 3-5m
  • Spread: 3m
  • Origin: Asia
  • Family: Euphorbiaceae
  • Common Name: candelabra cactus, candelabra plant, dragon bonesfalse cactushatrack cactus, milkstripe euphorbia, mottled candlestick.
  • Drought Tolerance: High
  • Salinity Tolerance: Low
  • Sun Tolerance: High
  • Wind Tolerance: Medium
  • Water Requirement: Low
  • PH Level: Basic
  • Pest Tolerance: High
  • Disease Tolerance: High
  • Growth Rate: Slow
  • Fragrance: No

Note: All parts of the plant contain a poisonous milky latex


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Euphorbia Millii Or Dragon Bone Cactus Live Plant

Euphorbia lactea, commonly known by various names such as Mottled candle stick tree, Milk-striped euphorbia, and Dragon bones, is a captivating succulent plant revered for its resilience and striking appearance. Belonging to the Euphorbiaceae family, this species thrives in arid environments and has adapted unique features to survive in dry regions.

Characteristics and Adaptations

Succulent Stems and Water Storage Tissue

Euphorbia lactea boasts succulent stems equipped with water storage tissue, enabling it to endure extended periods of drought. This adaptation allows the plant to thrive in regions with limited water availability, akin to its cactus counterparts.

Reduced Surface and Water Loss

Like cacti, Euphorbia lactea exhibits a compact form with reduced surface area, minimizing water loss through transpiration.

Photosynthetic Efficiency

The plant’s green stems serve as efficient sites for photosynthesis, replacing traditional leaves found in other plant species. This adaptation enhances its capacity to manufacture food using sunlight, even in arid conditions where water may be scarce.

Habitat and Distribution

Native Habitat

Euphorbia lactea is indigenous to tropical Asia, where it thrives in diverse ecosystems ranging from semi-arid regions to subtropical forests. Its natural habitat encompasses areas with well-drained soil and ample sunlight, facilitating optimal growth and development.

Cultivation and Global Presence

Widely cultivated in regions such as the West Indies, Florida, and various tropical locales worldwide, Euphorbia lactea has gained popularity as an ornamental plant due to its striking appearance and low maintenance requirements. Its ability to thrive in diverse climatic conditions makes it a favored choice for landscaping projects in both residential and commercial settings.

Escaped Cultivation and Invasive Potential

Despite its aesthetic appeal, Euphorbia lactea has been known to escape cultivation, establishing dense thickets in regions where it is not native. This invasive potential underscores the importance of responsible cultivation and management practices to prevent its proliferation in ecologically sensitive areas.

Dimensions 20 cm