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Euphorbia ingens, commonly known as the Cowboy Cactus or Candelabra Tree, is a distinctive succulent native to the dry regions of southern Africa. With a tree-like structure, it can reach impressive heights of up to 12 meters. Its segmented, columnar branches resemble those of cacti, lending to its common name, although it’s important to note that it is not a true cactus.
The plant is characterized by its deep green coloration, and sparse leaves that are often shed in times of drought. When wounded or pruned, Euphorbia ingens exudes a milky latex, which is toxic and can be an irritant to the skin and eyes.
In its natural habitat, this succulent plays an ecological role, providing shelter and food for various bird species. It has also found use in traditional medicine, though caution is always advised due to its toxic sap. When considering it for landscaping or as an indoor plant, it’s important to keep it out of reach of pets and children.