February 25, 2023

Euphorbes Magazine, Vol. 2

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The Binomial Bargain Bin's Bargain Bin

Six days ago, we learned that euphorbias can look like other things. Amazing.

The inverse is true, but not as often.
Neobuxbaumia euphorbioides The New Prof. Dr. Franz Buxbaum Euphorbia-like
Othonna euphorbioides Napkin Euphorbia-like
Daviesia euphorbioides Hugh Davies Euphorbia-like
Bupleurum euphorbioides Oxen Rib Euphorbia-like
Microlicia euphorbioides Tiny Threads Euphorbia-like
Thesium euphorbioides Hired Labourer Euphorbia-like
-ioides is a Latinate ending meaning "similar to."    

I find it to be quite an accomplishment that a "true" cactus, Neobuxbaumia euphorbioides, was thought to look like a euphorbia. Normally it's the other way around!

I wonder what a Euphorbia euphorbioides would look like?

If this at all interested you, I highly recommend the Etymological Dictionary of Succulent Plant Names by Urs Eggli and Leonard E. Newton (libgen link)

- c