Did you know that the name Candelabra was given to Euphorbia ingens because they look like obviously… candelabras especially when in
Candelabra tree - Euphorbia ingens
Euphorbia ingens is a species of flowering plant in the family Euphorbiaceae. It is native to dry areas of southern Africa. It is popularly known as the candelabra tree or naboom. Its milky latex can be extremely poisonous and is a dangerous irritant.
Candelabra trees are one of the world’s most striking organisms. Breathtaking to behold, these trees mark the African savanna with their yellow flowers and surreal shape.
Candelabra tree, the more colloquial or common name of Euphorbia ingens is found all over the world. This mysterious, yet strangely alluring tree was named
(botanical name Euphorbia) afterthe Greek Euphorbus physician of king Juba II of Numibia (52-50 BC - 23
AD), who discovered the plant in the Atlas mountains.
The name candelabra was given to Euphorbia ingens because they look like (obviously…) candelabras. Just admire the upward, clumped together branches of the tree. In addition, yellow flowers form on the tree’s ridges, completing a visual comparison to burning candles.