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Euphorbia is a very large family of plants, with diverse shapes and sizes. I have collected a few species, at one time or another. I've had a couple of Euphorbia milii once, but they are rather messy so I don't grow them anymore.

Euphorbia triangularis was one of the first succulents in my collection. This can be found in many Malaysian gardens, and it is often also grown by people who aren't cactus and succulent collectors.

This specimen is a small one; it was grown from seed from a large parent plant. Its seed pods explode when ripe. I collect pods which are starting to shrivel, when you can see the lines between the 'shells' of the pod. It blooms readily when mature, and is seasonal. You'd have to wait a few years for it to mature.

Below is currently the largest Euphorbia triangularis in my collection. It was grown from a cutting of a larger specimen, which rot and died after falling over in a storm. The larger parent was blooming each year, but this one has not done so yet.

Euphorbia triangularis first gave me the opportunity to grow succulents from seed. So I guess you can say that this species started me on the way of growing C&S from seed.

As usual, the following identifications are tentative. I simply match the plants to the most similiar looking plant I can find in my collection of books. So, no guarantees.

This is quite likely an Euphorbia mammillaris.

This is the same Euphorbia mammillaris, with its top portion lopped off. The bottom portion, shown here, is left to produce offsets. I was trying to keep it short and in the process gain a few more plants.
I'm not sure about this one. It doesn't appear in the Sajeva & Costanzo book (that's my gold reference, BTW) so I am lost. It may possibly be a variety of Euphorbia fimbriata (see below).
An Euphorbia fimbriata. I've more success with this species than with Euphorbia mammillaris or Euphorbia enopla. Probably because it just happened to be the one which survived my treatment .
Euphorbia enopla. Looks a lot like Euphorbia ferox, but Euphorbia ferox is much fatter Oh, it could even be Euphorbia heptagona. Whew! What a lot of Latin names.

My target now is to grow Euphorbia obesa and Euphorbia symmetrica. I really do prefer the more globose ones.

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