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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

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

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

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

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