Euphorbia tirucalli var. rosea
Common Name: sticks on fire, firesticks
Origin: Euphorbia tirucalli var. rosea originates from the dry regions of southern Africa, but the straight species has naturalized in many arid environments - developing a wide range from Madagascar through tropical and subtropical Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, and India. It is normally found in dry bushland thickets, at elevations up to 2,000 meters.
Description: Firesticks is an evergreen succulent that develops thin, loosely branching, vertical stems, distinctively golden-red. Seasonally, stems will fade to yellow in the summer, before darkening to red as winter approaches. The rosea variety is much shorter than the straight species, only reaching 6-8 feet in height.
During the colder months, small, inconspicuous clusters of yellow flowers called cyathia may appear at the apex of branches, followed by hairy, pale green fruits.
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