Where does succulent come from?
Endemic of the Abd al Kuri Island, next to Socotra Island, Yemen.
Euphorbia abdelkuri Balf.f.
What succulent looks like?
Euphorbia abdelkuri is a very peculiar candelabra-like succulent plant lacking both leaves and spines, which looks like a grey candle with whitish-grey melted wax on it. It form densely branched candelabra-like clumps usually not more than 1 m hight by 1.5 in diameter on one clump (but occasionally in habitat some plants can reach 3 m of height and an equivalent diameter). It is one of the most coveted Euphorbia species.
Stems About 5 cm in diameter, pale greenish-grey, ash-grey to tan, columnar, more or less cylindrical, slightly constricted at intervals, spineless, simple, branching from the base or occasionally splitting dichotomously. Generally has 6 ribs with a somewhat wrinkled, worn looking ‘skin’ with slightly raised conical tubercles. Often skin peels away revealing greener tissues beneath. The colour of the new growth is grey-pink to dark brown and it will then turn to the grey tan colour. The latex is yellow viciously acrid and highly poisonous.
How to grow succulent?
Due to its slow growth rate and rarity it is thought difficult to grow on its own roots. It is almost always grafted Euphorbia canariensis, but it may be degrafted and rootted and, surprisingly, it’s quite easy to grow. It’s uncommon to lose a plant. It 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. Seems to have no problems growing in a heavy summer rainfall area, in extremely well drained, mineralized soil mix.
How to take care succulent?
As with all other Euphorbias when a plant get damaged it exudes a thick milky sap known as latex. This latex is poisonous and particularly dangerous for the eyes, skin and mucous membranes. So pay extreme attention not to get any in your eyes or mouth. Cultivated plants must be handled carefully.