Euphorbiodendron calyculatum (Kunth) Millsp.
Tithymalus calyculatus (Kunth) Klotzsch & Garcke
Euphorbia calyculata is a shrub or small tree.
A latex is sometimes obtained from the wild plants. It was at one time believed to have commercial potential, but is now only occasionally used locally, mainly for medicinal purposes.
Although we have seen no specific information for this plant, the latex in most, if not all Euphorbias is caustic and toxic - skin contact often causing irritation and blistering; contact with the eyes causing temporary or even permanent blindness; whilst ingestion can cause purging or more severe problems[
Northern S. America - Ecuador. Central America - Mexico.
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The seeds are said to contain 30% oil, which has purgative properties similar to those of croton oil[
The milky juice of the stems causes blisters upon the skin and painful inflammations[
The plant (latex?[
]) is used as a remedy for venereal diseases[
A latex obtained from the plant is a possible source of rubber[
]. Called 'Chupire rubber'[
This species is said to yield a kind of rubber much inferior to that obtained from E. Fulva[
].and other affections.
Cuttings root easily. They need to be stored in light shade for a few days to dry before being planted, or else they will rot. It is best to plant the cuttings when the rain is about to stop, in a well-drained soil[
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