Euphorbia milii Des Moul., Bull. Hist. Nat. Soc. Linn. Bordeaux 1: 27 1826. (Syn: Euphorbia bojeri Kl.; Euphorbia bojeri var. mucronulata Ram. Goyena; Euphorbia breonii Nois. [Illegitimate]);
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Crown-of-thorns, Christ Plant, christ’s thorn, Kiss me not;
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The plant tolerates drying out for almost a month, this promotes flowering. Cultivars varying in plant size and bract colour exist which may be white, cream, salmon, light red, and dull red bracts. ! 
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The leaves are deciduous, obovate. Its inflorescence displays bicoloured, petal like bracks, with small yellow flowers inside.! The characteristic white sap is present;
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Cacti strictly means plants of family Cactaceae, with areoles
surrounded by spines of various sizes and generally hairy/woolly within.
Most people find it difficult to separate succulent Euphorbia species which may have spines but not areoles.
There is one main difference between Cactaceae and other cactaceae like plants:
Cactus will never have leaves except for a genus called Pereskia.
Almost all other families with cactus like habit will have leaves.
In Cactaceae what looks like spines are actually modification of leaves, but in Euphorbiaceae spines are the modification of stipules.
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Plant for ID: Following images were taken at Chennai in a park on 18.5.2012. Request for ID


I think Euphorbia milii.


Euphorbia milii var splendens synonym E. splendens



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The largest of the Crown of Thorns with 1″ orchid red blooms and large stiff canes creating a somewhat more upright mature specimen.
E. milii, a native to Madagascar, is a succulent, with thick, fleshy stems adapted for water storage. The stems are 5-7 sided, greyish-brown, branched & up to 2-3′ in height, with many prominent, grey 1″ spines. The leaves tend to be obovate (wider near the tip), up to 1½ long, but much larger (to 6″) in the Thai hybrids. They are spirally arranged, have smooth margins, & vary from bright green to grey-green. Foliage is present only on new growth.

E. milii var splendens is similar, but grows to 5-6′



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MS070311 – 14- Euphorbiaceae week: Euphorbia miliiOne of the Cultivated species. There are many varieties in this species. Photos taken in my garden.


– This plant is originally from Madagascar. The plant tolerates drying out for almost a month, this promotes flowering. Cultivars varying in plant size and bract colour exist which may be white, cream, salmon, light red, and dull red bracts. !



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Euphorbiaceae week -Crown of Thorns(Euphorbia milli ): Sending a photo of Crown of Thorns.
Place : Ranthambore
Date  :  16.10.2010
Bontanical name :Euphorbia milli
Very showy plant with thorns grown along the borders.


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Euphorbia milii Des Moul., Bull. Hist. Nat. Soc. Linn. Bordeaux 1:27. 1826
syn:  Euphorbia splendens Bojer ex Hook.
Small thorny shrub with beautiful cyathia surrounded by two showy bracts
Very commonly grown in pots, baskets and rockeries in Delhi and elsewhere


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ID confirmation MS0170311 – 15- -Euphorbia week- Ornamental Euphorbia sps.: Though belatedly I am sending the photographs of Euphorbia sps.

Photo taken on 17.3.11.    Place :   Residence at  Mysore.
ID confirmation requested.   Euphorbia sps. (milii var. ?)


– Yes this is Euphorbia milii some var. There are too many of them!  The leaves are  deciduous, obovate.
Its inflorescence displays bicoloured, petal like bracks, with small yellow flowers inside.! The characteristic white sap is present.



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Flower ID Request (13-7-2011): I have attached three different crops of a photo of a flower I clicked in Gangtok, Sikkim. The plant was growing fairly close to the ground. Please let me know if anyone knows which flower it could be.

This is Euphorbia milii, commonly known as Christ Plant or  Crown-of-thorn.
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id reqd:  This is a decoration plant which I had kept in my garden space.
Want to know the name of the same. Please help.


This is Euphorbia milii
Common names: Christ’s-plant, Christ’s-thorn, crown-of-thorns



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Date/Time-Sep 2011
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS-Pune
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-Private garden
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- potted cactus
Height/Length- 1.5 -2 ft
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size-green
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- red flowers
Stem has thorns


Location- Place, Altitude, GPS-Pune
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-Garden
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Cactus
Height/Length- 2 ft approx
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size no leaves only thorny stems at tip of one stem ?green leaves –
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- small yellow flowers and ?orange flowers on 1 stem
Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds- not seen
Other Information there was another cactus near it could not seperate it due tot horns
Euphorbia milli or ‘Kiss-me’ plant

I wonder who gave this name, don’t kiss it unless you want to hurt your lips
Here are some
Jump up and kiss me ——– Viola sp., pansy
Kiss me quick ……….. Brunfelsia bonodora, Portulaca pilosa, Viola tricolor
Kiss me over the garden gate …….. Persicaria orientalis
Kiss me plant ………. Nematanthus sp.
Perhaps more can be found

agree with everything above…
saying it again…
not a cactus..
plant is from africa…
not the new world…
and thorns dont mean cactus…


Not to blame … most people think all spiny succulents as cacti, that is why Cacti and succulents are generally exhibited together in most exhibitions. Cacti strictly means plants of family Cactaceae, with areoles
surrounded by spines of various sizes and generally hairy/woolly within.
Most people find it difficult to separate succulent Euphorbia species which may have spines but not areoles.


There is one main difference between Cactaceae and other cactaceae llike plants
Cactus will never have leaves except for a genus called Pereskia.
Almost all other families with cactus like habit will have leaves.
In Cactaceae what looks like spines are actually modification of leaves, but in Euphorbiaceae spines are the modification of stipules.


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Request for Specied Id 120401: A favourite garden plant with milky sap. If I remember correctly it is of African origin.


Euphorbia milii. A hybrid most likely.



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Date/Time- Oct 2011
Location-Place, Altitude, GPS-Pune
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-Garden
Plant Habit-Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Herb
Height/Length- about 1 to 1.5 ft
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- green
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- green and pink flowers
Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds- not seen

Euphorbia milii (Crown-of-thorns or Christ Plant). Please note the spelling. It should be milii and not milli.


can this be Euphorbia milii var. splendens Id help eFi page at

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I am sure it is Euphorbia milii. But variety I am not sure. There are innumerable varieties of E.milii. I myself have a few varieties of  this species in my garden. Please check this link where in a large number of photographs of various varieties are displayed: Top tropical



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Euphorbia for ID : 250112 : Nasik : AK-4: Taken at one of the plant nursery in Nasik, Maharashtra on the 1st of Dec, 2011.

An ornamental, cultivated, garden plant with red flowers.


Is this Euphorbia milii ?

It seems to be…………


Inflorescence looks similar but it is totally unarmed, what makes it interesting.


Euphorbia milii 



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Plants from Cactus Garden: Euphorbia milii for validation : Attachments (3). 3 posts by 2 authors.

I wanted to validate/correct the id of the posted plant which was again shot from Panchkula, Sector-5, Cactus and Succulent Garden..I hope this can be Euphorbia milii


Yes …



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Euphorbia milii Variegated : Flower Show,Mumbai : 190613 : AK-4 : Attachments (1).  1 post by 1 author.

Sharing a picture of Euphorbia milii Variegated.

Seen at the Flower Show in Jijamata Udyan, Mumbai on 23/2/12.


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This Euphorbia milii was seen at a plant nursery in Nasik without spines.

For validation please.


The identity is correct.


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Euphorbia milii Variegated, seen at the Flower Show in Mumbai.


Correct and good posting.

Attached images may be Euphorbia milii Des Moul. Please validate.
Date :10.03.2013
Location: Kamrup district (Metro)
Family :Euphorbiaceae
Flower : Red

Very common cultivated species.



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Euphorbiaceae fortnight :: Euphorbia milii Des Moul .from Assam, KD 04 :  Attachments (4).  2 posts by 2 authors.

Attached images may be Euphorbia milii Des Moul. Please validate.


Same species.


sharing images of Euphorbia milii at different places at different times at Pune


Nice.

Euphorbia miliii (crown of thorns) from a Plant Exhibition at Byculla


Correct identification.



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Euphorbiaceae Fortnight: Euphorbia milii ‘Helena’ from Pachkula Cactus Garden-GS-16 : Attachments (2). 3 posts by 2 authors.
Distinct cultivar of Euphorbia milii plant named ‘Helena’, characterized by its compact plant habit, dense bushy plant, longer, thinner peduncles white bracts with few and small spines.

Yes Sir.


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Euphorbiaceae Fortnight: Euphorbia milii from Delhi-GS-15 :  Attachments (3).  3 posts by 2 authors.

Euphorbia milii, Crown of thorns photographed from Delhi.


Wonderful photo.



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Euphorbiaceae fortnight :: Euphorbia milii from Coimbatore BRS 009 :  Attachments (2). 2 posts by 2 authors.

Sharing the images of Euphorbia milli from Coimbatore. Widely used for landscape/ ornamental purpose.


Correct identification.



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Euphorbia milii seen in Jaisalmer Garden



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Euphorbia milii Des Moul.
… various hybrids / cultivars as ornamental plants in gardens

at a flower-show in Pune on 29 SEP 07


Grand. You can publish a book on your photos.


Agree, had made the same suggestion to last October.
…, give it a serious thought; Assure you of my full support & co-operation


Much have been said..all your pics are really appreciable..



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Euphorbia milii Des Moul., a native of Madagascar, is a popular ornamental shrub in Pantnagar.


Very beautiful pics



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Attached are pictures of Euphorbia milii from various gardens in Mumbai in October 2012 and February 2013.


Okay. Excellent photography.



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Euphorbia milii Des Moul.

in gardens of Thane and Mumbai on various dates


Excellent photos.



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Euphorbia milii seen at Lalbagh, Bangalore.


Nice.


Thank you. Is the id correct or it should be E. milii lutea?



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EUPHORBIACEAE FORTNIGHT:: Euphorbia milli for validation NS-30 :  Attachments (6). 2 posts by 2 authors.

This is a common potted ornamental, sharing shots from various locations, wanted to know the exact id and if all of these belong to same taxon..


Okay Sir.



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EUPHORBIACEAE FORTNIGHT :: Euphorbia milli :: SMP 26 :  2 images. 2 posts by 2 authors.
Euphorbia milli

Garden plant Pune


Excellent photos.



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Euphorbia milli from Mizoram.


Right identification.



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Euphorbiaceae fortnight::Euphorbiaceae Milli (NSJ-08) :  Attachments (2). 2 posts by 2 authors.

Euphorbiaceae milli from Mumbai.


Euphorbia milii.



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Euphorbiaceae Fortnight : For ID : 071113 : AK-31 : Attachments (3). 4 posts by 3 authors.

Seen in one of the gardens.

Is this the common Euphorbia milii or Euphorbia fianarantsoae posted by … from Uttarakhand?

Kindly confirm id


Perhaps a photograph of habit should help.


These are some of the cultivated varieties of E. milii Des Moul.



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Seen at the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, Bangalore.


Yes, this is a cultivated variety of Euphorbia milii Des Moul.



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TSP-MAY2016-32-360:Images of Euphorbia milii (Euphorbiaceae) : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)

It is my pleasure to present a few images of Euphorbia milii  (Euphorbiaceae 

Habit: A prickly herb 

Habitat: Cultivated- Ornamental 

Sighting: My home garden @ Tumkur, Karnataka, about 800 msl 

Date: 25-08-2014, 05-09-2014, 31-08-2015, 15-03-2016 and 15-05-2015


Beautiful colours & close ups.



Images by tspkumar

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TSP-MAY2016-33-361: Images of Euphorbia milii (Euphorbiaceae) with cream coloured bracts. : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)

It is my pleasure to present a few images of Euphorbia milii  (Euphorbiaceae) with cream coloured bracts.  

Habit: A prickly herb 

Habitat: Cultivated-Ornamental 

Sighting: My home garden @ Tumkur, Karnataka, about 800 msl. 

Date: 25-08-2014, 27-01-2015, 03-08-2015 and 15-05-2016


Very nice close ups & uncommon colours.



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Euphorbia milii Des Moul. ?? : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Location: Biratnager, Nepal
Date: 8 May 2013 
Elevation : 2350 ft.
Habit : Cultivated

Appears close to images at


Your ID is correct. I have these plants in my house.



SK 2368 06 January 2020 : 5 posts by 2 authors. 3 images- 6 to 7 mb each.
Location: Kalimpong, WB, India
Date:  27  November 2019 
Elevation: 1350m.
Habitat: Cultivated
Euphorbia milii Des Moul. ??

Yes sir !



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Euphorbia milii : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)- 1 mb each.
Euphorbia milii i think var. ? hislopii ? Burhanpur, MP, january 2020.

Euphorbia milii is correct ID.



Euphorbia fianarantsoae Ursch & Leandri is an ornamental shrub in Pantnagar.


Thank you very much … for sharing this ornamental, which looks almost similar to E. milii.


I think this may be some cultivated variety of E. milii Des Moul. only as per feedback from Balakrishnan ji in another thread:  Euphorbiaceae Fortnight : For ID : 071113 : AK-31
Though Euphorbia fianarantsoae looks similar as per images on net, I could not find the difference between the two.


Thanks, I’ll check them out.


Yes …, it may be. We may await the response of Dr Balakrishnan Sir on this.

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Request for validation: 1 high res. image.

Request for validation of cultivated plant from Bilaspur. Appears to be Euphorbia milii.

Photographed in May 2021.


I guess some varieties of Euphorbia milii !



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