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Euphorbia pseudoglobosa now known as
Euphorbia globosa

Description: Dwarf spineless succulent composed of weird globular, segmented fingers off a caudiciform base, up to 8 cm tall. Forms thick mats of dwarf subshrubs up to 30 cm in diameter. Stem: Branching from the base; branches forming a cushion, constricted into globose segments near ground; The subglobose stem segments (remembering of an Opuntia) can grow up to three centimeters in diameter, and 2.5 to 4 cm long. Flowering branches clavate to subglobose or subcylindric, to 6 cm long, 14 mm wide, deciduous, often persistent in cultivated plant. Leaves: Leaves reduced, lanceolate, to 3 mm long, early deciduous; spines absent.  Root: Tuberous. Flowers: Large stellate greenish yellow on long, thin stalks. : Cyathia solitary, or 2 to several in cymes, long- or short- peduncled, peduncles thread-like, to 3 mm long, or to 8 cm long; bracts 5 - 4; involucres to 2 cm in diameter, lobes rhombic; glands 5, divided into 3 - 4 linear segments, to 7 mm long, with minute, white-margined pits.  Contrarily to uphorbia symmetrica. Euphorbia globosa does not have a tap root and can be reared in a relatively shallow pot. Sometimes needs pruning not to look like a mess. Cultivation: Like a sunny position. It does best in a mineral soil, good drainage is essential. Water sparingly during the summer months and keep dry in winter. It is a slow growing long lived plant and once established, it will be content in its position and with its soil for years. It can tolerate moderate shade, and a plant that has been growing in shade should be slowly hardened off before placing it in full sun as the plant will be severely scorched if moved too suddenly from shade into sun.  Propagation: The plant can be reproduced by seeds sown during spring or summer, cuttings and division of larger clumps.  Scientific name:  Euphorbia globosa. Origin: South Africa (Eastern Cape Province, Uitenhage and Port Elisabeth area Conservation. CITES appendix 2.  Common Names include: Globose Euphorbia, Globose Spurge. Etymology:"globosa" means bulby.
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