ISI 2004-21. Euphorbia misera Bentham

The cliff spurge forms a woody, succulent shrub up to 1.2 m tall with gnarled gray branches and small rounded leaves. It is a suitable subject for succulent bonsai and, indeed, is often naturally dwarfed and shaped by the wind in coastal habitats. The epithet misera refers to the plant’s gouty, tortured appearance. E. misera is primarily a Mexican species found in Baja California and Sonora but ranges as far north as the southern Channel Islands off the coast of CA. HBG 90222, from self fertile seed of Rancho Santa Ana BG 18859, cuttings collected March 23, 1996, by Elvin, Mistretta and Stone, S of Guds, W of Willies, at 61 m above sea level, San Clemente Is., CA, where it grew in association with Opuntia prolifera, O. littoralis and Bergerocactus emoryi. $9.50.

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Published in the Cactus and Succulent Journal, Vol. 76 (2), March - April, 2004