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Vajravelu's Spurge Tree
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Vajravelu's Spurge Tree
P Native Unknown Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Vajravelu's Spurge Tree
Botanical name: Euphorbia vajravelui    Family: Euphorbiaceae (Castor family)

Vajravelu's Spurge Tree is a stout tree up to 4 m tall, with stems thick, fleshy, flattened or 3-angled, 3-4 cm broad, hairless; angles armed with paired black spines, 1-10 mm long. It is named for Dr. E. Vajravelu of the Botanical Survey of India. Leaves are minute, 5 mm long, ovate. Cyathea arise singly or 2-5 together, 5-8 mm across, stalkless above the spines along the angles of the stem, involucral lobes blunt, hairless, 4-glanded along the angles. Male florets are fascicled in 4 or 5 bundles with 4-6 in each bundle; ovary hairless; styles fused to the middle. Vajravelu's Spurge Tree is endemic to Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: March-April.

Identification credit: Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in cultivation at FRLHT (TDU) Garden, Bengaluru.

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