Euphorbia candelabrum (Candelabra Tree)

Euphorbia candelabrum (Candelabra Tree) Aka Euphorbia Cactus, Candelabro, Qwolqwal,  Adaamii, Naboom, or Euphorbia ingens, is endemic to  south and eastern Africa. However, it has naturalized in central America, Caribbean, and southern Pacific tropical zones. The branches are segmented with spines running along the ridges of the segments. It produces small, greenish yellow flowers on the ridges of the…

Jatropha multifida (Coralbush)

I’ve already posted about a plant in this genus, Jatropha integerrima (Spicy Jatropha). There is another large shrub from this genus, it’s Jatropha multifida (Coralbush). Jatropha multifida (Coralbush), Aka Coral Plant, Physic Nut, Guatemala Rhubarb, and  Adenoropium multifidum, is said to be native to P.R., but it also occurs naturally in Mexico, and southward through Central America to Brazil. It is…

Acalypha wilkesiana (Copperleaf Plant)

Acalypha wilkesiana (Copperleaf Plant) Aka Acalifa, Joseph’s coat, Fire-dragon, Beefsteak plant or Match-me-if-you-can, is an evergreen “dioecious” shrub. These plants produce a male plant and a female plant separately. It is native to Fiji and nearby islands in the South Pacific. It has escaped from cultivation and become established in disturbed sites in a few scattered localities in central…

Codiaeum variegatum (Garden Croton)

Codiaeum variegated (Garden Croton) Aka Variegated croton, Croton variegatum L., Codiaeum chrysosticton, Codiaeum variegatum var. dictum, or Variegated laurel, is a species of plant in the genus Codiaeum, which is a member of the family Euphorbiaceae. It is native to Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, and the western Pacific Ocean islands, growing in open forests and scrub.…

Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii)

As I was walking by some homes by the beach, I noticed Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii) Aka Christ plant, Christ Thorn, or Corona de Cristo. It is an ornamental species of flowering plant in the spurge Euphorbiaciae family, native to Madagascar. There are several varieties. These are frequent bloomers, as long as they get full sun and are in tropical and subtropical climates.…

The Castor Oil Plant (Ricinus communis) Part Two

Female Castor Oil Plant (Ricinus communis) Flower Today I will end the two part series on this plant. This is a close-up of the female flower with the red stigmas. This flower is considered  in botanical terms an unisexual flower, because the female parts are separate from the male parts. It’s also called an ‘imperfect flower’ for this same reason. I remember…

The Castor Oil Plant (Ricinus communis) Part One

As I wondered down a creek in P.R., I noticed The Castor Oil Plant (Ricinus communis) Aka as Palma Cristi, Mole Bean, Wonder Tree, Ricin, Castor, Higuerilla, Ricino, Higuera Infernal, Hierba Verde, Higuera, Higuera del diablo, Higuerilla Tulua, Higuerillo, Iscoche, Paraguas, Reciño, Resino, and Semillas de Ricino, among others. I saw it just about everywhere and…

About the Poinsettia, The Christmas Plant (Euphorbia pulcherrima)

After blogging about the Wild Poinsettia, I was given a traditional Christmas Poinsettia plant and was so fascinated by its color. Yet, this Christmas variety has very humble origins. It is still a weed in the wild. All that is done with this plant is use a ‘grafting’ method, where tissues (or seedlings) from one plant are inserted into…

Wild Poinsettia (Euphorbia heterophylla L.)

Wild Poinsettia (Euphorbia heterophylla L.) Aka Painted Euphorbia, Painted Spurge, Japanese Poinsettia, Desert Poinsettia, Wild Poinsettia,  Painted Leaf, Milkweed, and Kaliko Plant, is native to Mexico and tropical America (i.e. from California to east Texas USA, through Central America and the Caribbean, south to Argentina). In Latin America it’s known as: Hierba Mala, Flor de Pascua de Monte, Leche de Sapo, Lechosa, Pastor de Monte, Pastorcita, Hierba de Duende, Higuillo, and Golondrina. Euphorbia…

The Jamaican Poinsettia at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens

Euphorbia punicea, aka Jamaican Poinsettia, is popular for its showy red flower bracts. Flowering in fall, winter, spring and early summer, its flowering bracts range from crimson to scarlet to pinkish- orange. This shrub is native to the central and western areas of Jamaica. The species can be quite variable in its leaf size and color. The…