This post is in response to :
Cee Neuner’s challenge Flower of the Day FOTD January 10
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They are commonly called ‘Spurge’.
‘Spurge’ has been derived from the Middle English /Old French word ‘esperge’ meaning ‘to purge’.
The picture here is of ‘The Crown of Thorns’ (Euphorbia milii).
They are not related to cactus or cacti.
The name ‘Euphorbia’ has been derived from ‘Euphorbos’ (Greek physician) who wrote that Euphorbias (now Euphorbia obtisifolia) was used as a powerful laxative.
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A Pause for Nature with SanaH