Common name: Candelabra cactus
Botanical name: Euphorbia lactea
Other common names: –
General description: A leafless, succulent shrub with angled stems and short, brown to black spines. The stems are usually dark green marbled with white or pale green. Grown as an ornamental.
Flowers: The flowers are yellow, and very small to insignificant.
Leaves: There are no leaves.
Fruit/Berries: The fruit are 3-lobed capsules, rare or absent in cultivation.
Other: The sap is copious, milky and corrosive. Stout sharp spines are present along the angled stems.
Symptoms: The sap causes skin rash and blisters, intense burning and, if splashed into the eye, temporary blindness. The stout, sharp spines can also cause mechanical injury.
Toxicity category: 2, 3, 4
Warning: For all eye exposures by sap rinse the eye with water for 15 minutes. Then seek medical assistance.