Candelabra cactus (Euphorbia lactea)

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.
The flowers are yellow, and very small to insignificant.
There are no leaves.

Toxicity category: 2, 3, 4
Category 2 - Potentially toxicCategory 3 - IrritantCategory 4 - cause respiratory problems
Warning: For all eye exposures by sap rinse the eye with water for 15 minutes. Then seek medical assistance.

Common name: Candelabra cactus

Botanical name: Euphorbia lactea

Other common names: –

Family: Euphorbiaceae

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
Category 2 - Potentially toxicCategory 3 - IrritantCategory 4 - cause respiratory problems
Warning: For all eye exposures by sap rinse the eye with water for 15 minutes. Then seek medical assistance.

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