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Question: i have acquired a limb off of a plant that a friend of mine has. she said that the only thing she knows about it is that it's called a pencil plant. it is like a cactus in that it need very little water/maintenance. it had pencil size limbs coming off of it everywhere almost like a tree. it is about 4 feet tall and we keep it inside at our work in the window. it also has a white substance inside that bleeds out when you break a piece off. i just need to know the actual name of the plant so i can look up some information on it.

Answer: It is probably Euphorbia tirucalli, a terrific succulent to grow as a large houseplant. Enjoy!

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