Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Flower Photography: Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii)


Euphorbia milii (Crown-of-thorns or Christ Plant) is a woody, succulent species of Euphorbia native to Madagascar. The species name commemorates Baron Milius, once governor of Réunion, who introduced the species to France in 1821. It is suspected that the species was introduced to the Middle East in ancient times, and legend associates it with the crown of thorns worn by Jesus.

It is a succulent climbing shrub growing to 1.8m tall, with densely spiny stems, the straight, slender spines up to 3 cm long, which help it scramble over other plants. The leaves are found mainly on new growth, and are obovate, up to 3.5 cm long and 1.5 cm broad. The flowers are small, subtended by a pair of conspicuous petal-like bracts, variably red, pink or white, up to 12 mm broad. The sap is moderately poisonous. Wat Phrik in the Phitsanulok District of Phitsanulok Province, Thailand claims to be the home of the world's tallest Christ plant. ~ wikipedia

22 comments:

  1. beautiful shot as always Che, I love this plant, so easy to grow. and seems to be blooming all year long too. But I think my plant at home may be the smallest variety :) they do not grow huge as what I see in most parks :) But I do not mind as long as it gives me plenty of red flowers :)

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  2. It's beautiful. Lovely shot.

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  3. Gorgeously captured.

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  4. I saw this plant in the Conservatory here but not known what it was. Thanks for the info, Cher.

    Gorgeous shot!

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  5. Like these flowers, they look so cute..

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  6. The colours are amazing! Lovely photo.

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  7. I thank you so much for linking in this week. It is an honor to host Friday's Flaunt and meet new friends and visit the regulars (who are like old friends) who share. I am always excited to tour each post and see the different flowers/ projects and garden art that everyone flaunts. It is a pleasure to tour and see all the gorgeous blooms...and I appreciate each and every link and comment! I have shared your post today with my facebook page for Tootsie Time. I hope you will link in again soon!
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  8. beautiful Crown of Thorns; lovely colour impact; great photo.

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  9. That is lovely, we have a lot of colors of those too!

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  10. Love the colour of this Crown Of Thorns!

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  11. Mine is containerized and now in the greenhouse, fingers crossed it makes it through the winter!

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  12. I only knew it as Crown of Thorns. It was one of my mother's favorites to grow.

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  13. thanks for joining us with your beautiful thorns :)

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  14. I was a Euphorbia fanatic haha, dreamt of them at night...bought several hehe, they're still blooming at my mom's home...

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  15. I have a euphorbia, but it gets yellow flowers, not these gorgeous red ones. Beautiful shot!
    Happy REDnesday,
    Carol

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  16. I dearly love and enjoy seeing all flowers. I do not recall seeing one of these. It probably would not live here, but wish I had one. Very pretty.

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