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Joemoney
Jun 26, 2017 4:16 PM CST
I seen a plant at a customers house and seen a plant. She had no idea what it was? Does anyone know?
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 26, 2017 6:23 PM CST
Welcome!

Its a Euphorbia, one of several called "Medusa".
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porkpal
Jun 26, 2017 6:34 PM CST
Cool plant, well named!
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purpleinopp
Jun 27, 2017 8:06 AM CST
Agree, one of those synonymous with Monadenium. Not yet well represented in pics here, but a list of species is a good place to start a deeper investigation if interested.
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Baja_Costero
Jun 27, 2017 11:38 AM CST
I agree, looks like Monadenium (now part of Euphorbia). The leaves are the giveaway.

It does not look like a medusa to me, rather a collection of snaky stems. I do not see a central "head" from which the arms radiate. For examples check the following pictures.



Some medusas will grow only skinny stems depending on how you propagate them (if you root an "arm"). Some never sprout a new head unless grown from seed (for example E. caput-medusae). But I have never seen a medusa which makes anything other than tiny vestigial leaves.

So definitely Euphorbia, from the Monadenium group most likely, but not a medusa. An important practical consideration if you try to propagate this plant is that the sap may be a potent irritant, so don't get it on your hands or especially in your eyes.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 27, 2017 8:48 PM CST
I was thinking about Euphorbia caput-medusae
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Baja_Costero
Jun 27, 2017 9:17 PM CST
As far as I know, that plant has no real leaves. Try Euphorbia (Monadenium) guentheri or similar... not a true medusa by my standards but very snaky stems.

Here is my caput-medusae growing as a rooted arm cut. It just makes stems on stems. You can see how tiny the leaves are relative to the plant in the OP. The flowers are very nice though (for a Euphorbia), with little fringes.

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