It is often that I think I have nailed identity of Plants only to be Engulfed by the variety and diversity of Flora on Planet Earth. My Euphoria was snuffed quickly by the Genus Euphorbia detailed in the pictures that follow.
Triangular Spurge ( English), Vajrakantaka ( Hindi ), Euphorbia antiquorum L.( Scientific Name) is one such Cactus like plant that caught my eye at Lakshman Sagar in Pali District, Rajasthan.
First error was it is not a Cactus but belongs to the vast family of Euphorbiaceae.
Native names as mentioned before are very descriptive provided you know the Language of course. VajraKantaka in Hindi is roughly translated as Thunderbolt Thorns.
Linked to Hindu Mythology and symbolic “Vajra” is the weapon carried by Indra , the Rain God.
Several species of the Genus are Native to India and inhabit the Rocky deserts of Rajasthan.
I am informed the species is used extensively in the traditional Indian School of Medicine, Ayurveda and through China and South east Asia as well.
While I am certain the Genus is dead on target am not so sure about the species , can anyone help?
Can it be the Euphorbia neriifolia L. which looks very similar. Both have a much sought after Milky Latex, look like Cactus and have similar flowers.
Even the Flowers are not really Real Flowers but a mix of Faux Petals as well, am I truly deceived ?
Am Enchanted and confused as well. Thank you Euphor(b)ia.