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Euphorbia crispa is named after its "crisped" or wavy leaves. The distribution of the plants is in the Western - and Northern Cape including the Malmesbury, Ceres, Clanwilliam, Van Rhynsdorp and Calvinia disticts.

The subterranean nature of Euphorbia crispa is similar to that of Euphorbia silenifolia. Euphorbia crispa has fewer cyathia in each umbel however and the involucre gland are greenish yellow.

The plants are unisexual and winter growers.

The cultivation of Euphorbia crispa is relatively easy in a well drained soil. Moderate watering during the winter months and little during the summer resting period.

Euphorbia crispa, two male plants from the Pakhuis Pass near Clanwilliam.