The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Naboom Euphorbia

Afrikaans name: Gewone Naboom

Naboom Euphorbia in Tala Game Reserve

Photo © Steven Herbert

Euphorbia ingens

The Naboom Euphorbia is quite common in suitable habitat in the eastern and northern areas of South Africa.

It is not a big tree and only reaches a height of 6 metres.

This Euphorbia gets tiny yellowish flowers. It normally flowers in winter and the small reddish fruit ripens in Spring.

The latex of the Naboom Euphorbia is poisonous and is apparently used to stun fish and kill maggots in open wounds on cattle.

Naboom Euphorbia

Photo © Steven Herbert

References and further reading

Trees of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Keith Coates Palgrave - Published: 2002 - Page: 531

What Succulent is That? - Author: Hazel Stokes - Published: 1974 - Page: 36

What Tree is That? - Author: Hazel Stokes - Published: 1967 - Page: 27

The Complete Field Guide to Trees of Natal, Zululand and Transkei - Author: Elsa Pooley - Published: 1994 - Page: 234

The Gardener - 2022/01 - Author: - Published: 2022 - Page: 33

The Natal Bushveld - Volume 1 - Author: Natal Parks Board - Published: 1981 - Page: 65

Succulent Flora of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Doreen Court - Published: 2010 - Page: 173

Succulents of South Africa - Author: E. Van Jaarsveld, B. Van Wyk and G. Smith - Published: 2000 - Page: 131

Sasol First Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Elsa Pooley - Published: 1999 - Page: 32

Struik Pocket Guides for Southern Africa - Poisonous Plants - Author: Eugene and Glen Moll - Published: 1989 - Page: 26

Succulent Flora of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Doreen Court - Published: 2010 - Page: 168

Succulent Flora of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Doreen Court - Published: 2010 - Page: 135

Sappi Tree Spotting: Lowveld - Author: Jacana - Published: 1997 - Page: 170

Sasol First Field Guide to Succulents of Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: John Manning - Published: 2018 - Page: 54

Sappi Wild Flower Guide - Mpumalanga and Northern Province - Author: Jo Onderstall - Published: 1996 - Page: 116

Guide to Succulents of Southern Africa - Author: Gideon Smith & Neil Crouch - Published: 2009 - Page: 96

Pocket Guide - Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Piet van Wyk - Published: 2013 - Page: 74

Sappi Tree Spotting: KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape - 2nd edition - Author: Val Thomas and Rina Grant - Published: 2004 - Page: 102

Piet van Wyks Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park - 1st edition - Author: Piet van Wyk - Published: 1988 - Page: 136

A Field Guide to the Trees of Southern Africa - Author: E. Palmer - Published: 1983 - Page: 192

Common Trees of the Highveld - Author: Drummond & Coates Palgrave - Published: 1973 - Page: 29

Everyones Guide to Trees of South Africa - Author: Keith, Paul and Meg Coates Palgrave - Published: 1989 - Page: 52

Field guide to Succulents of Southern Africa - Author: Gideon Smith & Neil Crouch - Published: 2017 - Page: 351

Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park - 5th edition - Author: Piet van Wyk - Published: 2008 - Page: 136

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