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Cactus zapatilla / Devil's backbone or Zigzag plant

Euphorbia tithymaloides

Description:

A very strange plant with a shoe-like flower and very irregular branches. It looks as if it were made of plastic. This is the first time it is flowering and I took this pictures which are the first ones of the plant's flower.

Habitat:

Dry forest.

Notes:

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/g... There is a very interesting paper about the use of this plant to make hidrocarbons (fuels simmilar to gasoline) : http://ejournal.sinica.edu.tw/bbas/conte...

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2 Comments

GustavoMorejon
GustavoMorejon 7 years ago

Thank you Lauren, it is a very interesting and strange plant !

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Very neat!

GustavoMorejon
Spotted by
GustavoMorejon

Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador

Spotted on Jul 1, 2013
Submitted on Jul 1, 2013

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