Cactus and Succulents forum: Please ID (is it a Euphorbia)?

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Nov 6, 2018 9:51 PM CST

I took this cutting from a friends plant (neither of us know what it was, and neither of us have any real gardening experience or skills ;) ).

The rest of the plant looks just like this. I just found out the brown might be corking, but not 100% sure. I'm mostly worried now because when I was cutting it I got white milky sap all on my hand. washed it off a few minutes later (but only briefly). But was still a bit sticky.

After looking on the net, the closest I can find is it might be a euphorbia tirucalli or trigona or candelabra cactus. I'm worried because all of them say the sap is poisonus. but honestly, it doesn't look 100% like any of those.

so far I don't notice anything (its been 2 hours), but I read some people literally wake up in severe pain!

can anyone confirm what this is? thank you

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Nov 6, 2018 10:05 PM CST
That is a euphorbia of some kind. Some people develop blisters from the sap (my Mom did).
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Nov 6, 2018 10:21 PM CST
The sap on my hands doesn't bother me but once I splashed it in my eyes. That was painful!

I would cut that whole brown part of the stem off all the way up to the green. Hopefully, the center will be equally green. Let it scab over for a few days and plant it in cactus mix with lots of perlite. Don't bury the stem more than about 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Be careful on the watering as a plant with no roots can't use it.
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Nov 7, 2018 12:27 AM CST


It looks a little like Euphorbia mammillaris. Yes, avoid the sap. It tends to have much less dramatic effects when your skin is not broken, and the effect varies a lot depending on the particular species of Euphorbia. Daisy has given you some good advice about how to get the cutting a running start.

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