Crown of thorns (Euphorbia milii)

A semi-succulent, small, spreading shrub with stout spines, grown as an ornamental.
The small flowers are bordered by erect heads of showy, saucer-shaped, red bracts. The flower stalks are sticky to touch.
The leaves are 2-6cm long, oblong in shape, thin in texture, occurring mostly on new growth.

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: Crown of thorns

Botanical name: Euphorbia milii

Other common names: –

Family: Euphorbiaceae

General description: A semi-succulent, small, spreading shrub with stout spines, grown as an ornamental.

Flowers: The small flowers are bordered by erect heads of showy, saucer-shaped, red bracts. The flower stalks are sticky to touch.

Leaves: The leaves are 2-6cm long, oblong in shape, thin in texture, occurring mostly on new growth.

Fruit/Berries: –

Other: The sap is copious and milky, and stout sharp spines occur on the stems.

Symptoms: The sap is reported as being corrosive to the skin and eyes, causing skin blisters and temporary blindness. The stout 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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