Common name: Crown of thorns
Botanical name: Euphorbia milii
Other common names: –
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.
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
Warning: For all eye exposures by sap rinse the eye with water for 15 minutes. Then seek medical assistance.