Euphorbia grantii

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Euphorbia grantii
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Genus: Euphorbia
Species: E. grantii
Binomial name
Euphorbia grantii

Euphorbia grantii is a species of succulent plant in the Euphorbiaceae family. The specific epithet is in honour of explorer James Augustus Grant.[2] It was originally described by Daniel Oliver in 1875.[3] The plant has the common name of African milk bush. In 1952 during the Mau Mau Uprising, the poisonous latex of the plant was used to kill cattle in incidents of biological warfare.[4] It is often grown as a hedge plant and as a traditional grave marker among the peoples of central Kenya (Agĩkũyũ, Akamba, etc.).[5]


  1. ^ The Plant List (2013). Version 1.1. Published on the Internet; (accessed 28 September 2017).
  2. ^ Oliver, Daniel. 1875. Transactions of the Linnean Society of London, 29(3): 144.
  3. ^ "Plant Name Details for Euphorbia grantii". International Plant Names Index (IPNI). International Organization for Plant Information (IOPI). Retrieved 12 July 2010.
  4. ^ Bernard Verdourt, E.C. Trump and M.E. Church (1969). Common poisonous plants of East Africa. London: Collins. p. 254.
  5. ^ (Book) Trees of Kenya, by Tim C. Noad and Ann Birnie, p.109, Self-Published in Nairobi, Kenya 1989

External links

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