Euphorbia abdelkuri cv. Damask Origin and Habitat: Garden origin. The original natural habitat of this species is the Abd al Kuri Island, next to Socotra Island, Yemen.
Euphorbia abdelkuri cv. Damask Description: The Euphorbia abdelkuri is a very peculiar candelabra-like succulent plant which looks like a grey candle with whitish-grey melted wax on it. It form densely branched candelabra-like clumps usually not more than 1 m hight by 1,5 in diameter on one clump (but occasionally in habitat some plants can reach 3 m of height and an equivalent diameter). It is one of the most coveted Euphorbia species.
cv. Damask This charming cultivars differs from the standard Euphorbia abdelkuri in its pinkish-reddish body colour, varying in intensity with light levels. This cultivar appeared during 1999 on an otherwise typical grey plant of Euphorbia abdelkuri.
Stems: About 5 cm in diameter, pinkish-reddish, columnar, spineless, simple, branching from the base or occasionally splitting dichotomously. Generally has 6 ribs with a somewhat wrinkled, worn looking ‘skin’ with slightly raised conical tubercles. Time by time some branches produces grey ribs. Grey colouring is usually confined to whole or half ribs to varying degrees. Random patches of grey on a plant rarely occur and then only on very young offsets. Change in a bicoloured plant is always for the red to take over partially or totally from the grey, never the opposite. The colour of the new growth is a a brighter pinkish red and it will then turn to the grey-pink colour. The latex is yellow.
Leaves: Very small, ephemeral.
Inflorescence: Simple cymes from the base of the tubercles.
Flower: Small cyathia about 5 mm in diameter on 8 mm long peduncles. Nectar glands yellowish. Pedicel very short.
Fruit: Vaguely lobed, about 8 mm in diameter.