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Euphorbia heterospina is a spiny, evergreen, succulent shrub with erect or semi-climbing branches. It can grow up to 3.5 metres tall[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
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[
East tropical Africa - Uganda, Kenya.
Sandy stony soil with deciduous woodland; rocky slopes with low herbs and sparse deciduous woodland; at elevations from 550 - 1,600 metres[
The boiled stem is drunk with soup or milk to treat diarrhoea[
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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