Euphorbia bupleurifolia is well distributed in the Eastern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal.
It is a handsome plant with tubercles on the stem and a crown of leaves on top, giving the plant the general appearance of a miniature cycad.
The South African Euphorbias with prominent leaves are rather more difficult to cultivate then some other Euphorbias , and Euphorbia bupleurifolia is no exception. A healthy growing plant can suddenly rot and die almost overnight.
Euphorbia bupleurifolia receives summer rainfall, surviving mainly on thunderstorms. The plants germinate easily from seed but a well drained soil is essential for their survival.
The plants are dioecious meaning that male and female flowers appear on seperate plants. Sex changes have been known to occur however and a distinctly male plant can suddenly start producing female flowers.
Euphorbia bupleurifolia in habitat in the Eastern Cape.