Euphorbiaceae, Jatropha cuneata, matacora, leatherplant, limberbush

The tree is small, stout, multi trunked. I didn’t see any growing much taller then seven feet. Up on ridges they were much more dwarfed, growing larger in arroyos. Unfortunately, […]

Euphorbiaceae, Synadenium grantii, Fang’afa (Luo), African Milk Bush

Synadenium grantii is a small succulent shrub in the Euphorbiaceae family, native to central and east Africa. A tradition Luo plant medicine, S. grantii is used as follows: Dried leaves […]

Euphorbiaceae, Cnidoscolus chayamansa, chaya

Chaya can be maintained as a medium- size shrub, or a small tree. If managed properly and left to grow big I can imagine it could become quite large. When damaged or […]

Euphorbiaceae, Sauropus androgynous, katuk

Katuk, Sauropus androgynus, a somewhat peculiar latin name. Common in Asia, Katuk is rarely found in the wild, occurring from India to Malaysia. A delicious hot weather green vegetable, widely […]

Wild thyme, Euphorbia acanthothamnos, and a distant lighthouse – Kefalonia, Greece

The predominant plant you see (virtually no leaves because it’s winter) is wild thyme. The darker green shrub is Euphorbia acanthothamnos, also known as Greek spiny spurge, of the Euphorbiaceae […]


Here’s a list-in-progress of plant families, ordered alphabetically. Click a family name and the link will take you to a page listing corresponding entries. I am in the process up […]