This Euphorbia is prized for its pencil shaped succulent branches, and makes an intriguing house plant.
It grows in semi-arid tropical climates, in Africa it is widespread and can reach up to 7 meters in height. It has a cylindrical and fleshy stem with fragile succulent twigs with oval leaves. It can produce yellow flowers are at the ends of the branches.
Not suitable for homes with children or pets as it contains a milky, toxic and corrosive sap which is extremely irritating to the skin and exposure to it can cause temporary blindness. If ingested, it can cause burns to the mouth, lips and tongue. Eye protection gear and gloves should be used for handling the plant when it is bleeding sap.