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Euphorbia Milii Oddities

Over the years we have seen a number of odd plants; since it is difficult to place all these in any specific section, I describe some of the more interesting Euphorbia oddities here:

VARIEGATION:
Whenever a plant or group of plants is cultivated and propagated in large numbers, variegated sports are almost inevitable. It is surprising that there are so few amongst Euphorbia milii. The few that we have in our collection or have seen are described below. Unlike variegated Adeniums, these Euphorbias are low on vigor and difficult to propagate and maintain. They are thus strictly plants for the serious collector.



The only Thai variegated Euphorbia cultivar I know of- it seems like a variegated clone of their rootstock clone, Daeng Udom.



The only Thai variegated Euphorbia cultivar I know of- it seems like a variegated clone of their rootstock clone, Daeng Udom.



Our second variegated clone, quite different from the first but as or more difficult.



Two different clones, seemingly variegated, from Poysean hybrids. The one on the left is from Duang Narimon, a pink flowered cultivar but the mutant has not flowered so far. The one on the right is a seedling. After a year, both have retained their variegation though the one on right has lost the red coloration.

CRESTED EUPHORBIA MILII:
There is at least one crested clone being sold as grafts in Bangkok. We have a clone that started out as a crest as a seedling and continues as one.



The crest as a seedling in a 6cm square pot. On right the same plant after a year of growth.

PUPS:
Euphorbia milii frequently produces pups from the axils of the floral bracts or cyathophylls, especially in vigorous cultivars. Below are some examples where this process is seen in its extreme.




Top (left): almost every flower in this bunch seems to have produced a pup.

Top (right): this plant produced a pup, which flowered, which produced a pup which flowered, which….

Left: Somehow, this flower stalk is producing small pups- as far as I know there should not be any axillary buds there.

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