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Euphorbia Ingens occurs widespread in Kwazula-Natal, Mpumalanga,Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia and further north into tropical Africa.

Synonyms for Euphorbia ingens include "Tree Euphorbia" and "Naboom".

Large stands appear in several places and the town Naboomspruit has even been named after the species.

Older plants of Euphorbua ingens can become 12 meters high. It is a favourite garden tree and can withstand drought but is susceptible to frost

The highly virulent milksap so commonly associated with many Euphorbias is highly irritant to the skin and mucous membranes and even dust containig traces of the latex can cause great discomfort to the eyes. Treatment with cortisone eyedrops seems to give considerable relieve.

Euphorbia ingens has been medicinally used as a purgative, or as a treatment for ulcers and for cancer by the Sotho and Venda tribes, but its use can be considered dangerous.

The wood has been used for lightweight planks and the plant has even been used to stupefy fish making them easier to catch.

Euphorbia ingens as an ornamental garden plant.