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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Naboom Euphorbia

Afrikaans name: Gewone Naboom

Naboom Euphorbia in Tala Game Reserve

Photo © Steven Herbert

Euphorbia ingens

The Naboom Euphorbia is quite common in suitable habitat in the eastern and northern areas of South Africa.

It is not a big tree and only reaches a height of 6 metres.

This Euphorbia gets tiny yellowish flowers. It normally flowers in winter and the small reddish fruit ripens in Spring.

The latex of the Naboom Euphorbia is poisonous and is apparently used to stun fish and kill maggots in open wounds on cattle.

Naboom Euphorbia

Photo © Steven Herbert

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References and further reading

A Field Guide to the Trees of Southern Africa - Author: E. Palmer - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 192

Common Trees of the Highveld - Author: Drummond & Coates Palgrave - Year Published: 1973 - Page: 29

Everyone's Guide to Trees of South Africa - Author: Keith, Paul and Meg Coates Palgrave - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 52

Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park - Author: Piet van Wyk - Year Published: 2008 - Page: 136

Pocket Guide - Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Piet van Wyk - Year Published: 2013 - Page: 74

Sappi Tree Spotting: KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape - Author: Val Thomas and Rina Grant - Year Published: 2004? - Page: 102

Sappi Tree Spotting: Lowveld - Author: Jacana - Year Published: 1997 - Page: 170

Sasol First Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Elsa Pooley - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 32

The Complete Field Guide to Trees of Natal, Zululand and Transkei - Author: Elsa Pooley - Year Published: 1994 - Page: 234

The Natal Bushveld - Volume 1 - Author: Natal Parks Board - Year Published: 1981 - Page: 65

Trees of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Keith Coates Palgrave - Year Published: 2002 - Page: 531

What Succulent is That? - Author: Hazel Stokes - Year Published: 1974 - Page: 36

What Tree is That? - Author: Hazel Stokes - Year Published: 1967 - Page: 27

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