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Dec 17, 2020 6:01 PM CST
Name: Elizabeth
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Look but don't touch

A rib or ridge of a Euphorbia pseudocactus, with miniature blooms the same color as the body of the plant, and much larger thorns. Obviously, I rotated the original image in order to get this horizontal crop. (Arid House Conservatory, Matthaei Botanical Gardens)

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Here's the full, unrotated, shot.

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Dec 17, 2020 6:08 PM CST
Name: Laurie
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Wow, Elizabeth! Cool picture! Do you have the whole picture?
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Dec 17, 2020 6:11 PM CST
Name: Laurie
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And I agree with your post in the other thread: lots of very interesting, unique banners---this one included!
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Dec 17, 2020 6:12 PM CST
Name: Johannian
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Cool banner Elizabeth!

And I agree with Laurie, I'd like to see the full pic please!
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Dec 17, 2020 6:21 PM CST
Name: Elizabeth
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Thanks Laurie and Johannian for the interest and approval of this subject. Euphorbias are such an interesting group of plants. I've added the original from which I took the banner as an edit in the first item in the thread. Now I think maybe I should dig up a photo of the entire plant. What you see in the full sized photo is just the tip of one stem of a much larger plant.
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Dec 17, 2020 6:27 PM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
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Excellent banner, Elizabeth. Thumbs up
Very interesting plants....
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Dec 17, 2020 6:36 PM CST
Name: SoCal
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Very cool!
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Dec 17, 2020 6:41 PM CST
Name: Elizabeth
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Yes, Cal, an impressive batch of euphorbia images. A plant for any taste. I think most people would recognize Crown of Thorns blooms, and many might take the thorny types for cacti.
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Dec 17, 2020 6:49 PM CST
Name: Laurie
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Yes, I would have called it a cactus. Do they all have milky sap?
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Dec 17, 2020 6:52 PM CST
Name: Elizabeth
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I believe they do, Laurie. Most descriptions warn about it being a skin irritant, but I have no personal experience of it. I'm content to 'look but not touch' when it comes to euphorbias.
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Dec 17, 2020 7:24 PM CST
Name: Rj
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Cool banner Elizabeth!
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Dec 17, 2020 8:19 PM CST
Name: Kristi
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I agree, a cool banner with an apt name of " Look but don't touch".
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Dec 17, 2020 8:53 PM CST
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That is one beautiful "OUCH". Gorgeous, with the thorn warnings of avoidance.
The color is magnetic. Enjoying your banner contributions immensely.
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Dec 17, 2020 10:24 PM CST
Name: Donald
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This made a great banner!!
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Dec 17, 2020 11:35 PM CST
Name: Frenchy
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I agree with all the above comments! Terrific banner!
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Dec 18, 2020 7:00 PM CST
Name: Elizabeth
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Thanks to all of you who left thumbs up and messages. Here's a photo of what is probably the best known, most popular member of the genus Euphorbia, namely the poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima). I thought it was appropriate for the holiday season. Cheers, everyone!

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The shot was taken last December at the Meijer Gardens annual Christmas display. It shows a grouping of plants in the Tropical House part of the conservatory. Beyond the poinsettias and the white phalaenopsis orchids, I can't make any definite ID's of the other foliage plants. Some kind of fern, I think. Maybe philodendron and dracaena??? If you can fill in any of the blanks, feel free.
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Dec 19, 2020 5:30 AM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
... the best known, most popular member of the genus Euphorbia, namely the poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima).

I need to get one asap for the dining room table. Just isn't
the same without one. I've tried to plant them afterwards, but no success. Rolling my eyes.

Thanks for the reminder! Smiling
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Dec 19, 2020 11:45 AM CST
Name: Elizabeth
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EscondidoCal said:
I need to get one asap for the dining room table. Just isn't
the same without one. I've tried to plant them afterwards, but no success. Rolling my eyes.

Thanks for the reminder! Smiling



I love having them in the house this time of year, too, but have never tried to replant one. Good luck with your search
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Dec 19, 2020 8:58 PM CST
Name: Laurie
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Beautiful, Elizabeth! I tried to keep a poinsettia alive and get it to rebloom again--following the required routine of keeping it in the dark for so many hours a day for so many weeks. It worked, but it was a rather sad looking plant! Hilarious!
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Dec 20, 2020 5:40 PM CST
Name: Elizabeth
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lauriemorningglory said:Beautiful, Elizabeth! I tried to keep a poinsettia alive and get it to rebloom again--following the required routine of keeping it in the dark for so many hours a day for so many weeks. It worked, but it was a rather sad looking plant! Hilarious!


It makes you appreciate the skill of the pros who grow poinsettias successfully, by the millions, so we can all have that added bit of living cheer. Bouquets are nice, but I love a good potted plant.
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