Euphorbia Tirucalli or pencil cactus as it is otherwise known is a fairly rare houseplant.
It's also known as aveloz, Indian tree spurge, naked lady, pencil tree, and milk bush. It's actually a cactus that is a tree!
The Pencil Cactus is a shrub or small tree with pencil-thick, green, smooth, succulent branches that reaches heights of growth of up to 7 meters. But don't panic, it will take some time to get to that size. You're safe with this small houseplant for a long while yet before it starts sprouting out of the roof of your house.
The pencil cactus stems contains a milky sap and if cared for correctly will have beautiful yellow blooms.
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Its latex of this plant can be used as fuel. This led American biochemist Melvin Calvin (who won the 1961 Nobel Prize in Chemistry don't you know) to propose the exploitation of E. tirucalli for producing oil. This usage is particularly appealing because the pencil cactus will grow on land that is not suitable for most other crops. Calvin estimated that 10 to 50 barrels of oil per acre was achievable.
A pencil cactus needs very little care and can even be neglected if it is planted and situated correctly. The soil must be slightly gritty and well draining. The container to use could be an unglazed pot which will allow excess moisture to evaporate.
Delivered in a 12cm plastic pot.
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