Cactus Flower

Just sharing this lovely cactus flower!

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4 Responses to Cactus Flower

  1. Merix May 14, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    That’s a Euphorbia, Family Euphorbiaceae, not a Cactus, Family Cactaceae.

  2. Lorraine Solomon May 16, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    Cactus or Euphorbia? How does one tell the difference? Prick it with a pin or make a small cut. If white sticky sap comes out, it’s a *Euphorbia*. This sap is a poisonous, tacky, latex – try not to get it on your skin as it is very difficult to get off and can cause an irritation. If it gets into the eyes it will result in temporary blindness lasting about two days. Cactus plants do not have this white sap. THIS PICTURE (click to see) shows the sap of a member of the *Euphorbia* family, *Synadenium cupulare* or ‘Dead Man’s Tree’.

  3. Niall May 20, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    thanks Lorraine, you are a mine of information!

  4. mol-d May 20, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    i will second that, niall 😀

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