Saturday, January 16, 2016

Crown of Thorns | Euphorbia Milii

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Crown of thorns (Euphorbia milii) is a species of flowering plant in the spurge family Euphorbiaceae.. It is a wood succulent shrub native to Madagascar. The genus name, Euphorbia, honors the Greek physician, Euphorbus (52 B.C. - 23 A.D.).The specific epithet honors Baron Milius, one-time Governor of the island of Bourbon, who reportedly introduced this species to cultivation in France in 1821.Botanical illustrations are available to easily identify a species of interest through The Biodiversity Library.The Biodiversity Library is searchable not only by author and title but chronologically by date, collection, and contributor. I have chosen the Madagascar Native, Euphorbia Milili, to feature below.








Euphorbia milii Des Moul.
 [as Euphorbia splendens Bojer ex Hook.]
Curtis's Botanical Magazine, vol. 56 [ser. 2, vol. 3]: t. (1816)


Euphorbia milii Des Moul.
Gordan Gee
This collection of botanical illustrations is the work of
Gordon Gee who for 18 years worked at the
 Christchurch Botanic Gardens as a sign writer





1829
Curtis’s Botanical Magazine, vol. 56
[ser. 2, vol. 3]: t. 2902 (1829) 


1836
Euphorbia milii Des Moul.
 [as Euphorbia bojeri Hook.]
Curtis’s Botanical Magazine, vol. 63 [ser. 2, vol. 10]:
 t. 3527 (1836) 





Family | Euphorbiaceae


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