Funny looking and dangerous cactus.
by Andrew S.
(West Henrietta, NY)
My friend gave me this plant for my recent graduation. It hurt me quite a bit when I didn't know what was in the bag (she tried to warn me). One of the little spines stuck in my finger. My wife says we should get some heavy gloves so that we can replant this thing, since as you can see it's WAY overgrown it's container.
I have 2 main questions. Any idea what this funny lookin' guy is, and what in the world are these things growing out of it?
Hi Andrew, that really was a nasty trick - especially as this is a poisonous plant.
However, generally it's the sap of these that is dangerous, so simply getting stabbed by the thorns won't be an issue (not that you would like it though).
This is Euphorbia lactea 'Cristata', sometimes also called Dragon Bones, Candelabra or Elkhorn.
I'm thinking that the funny things sticking out are either flower buds or the remains of the flowers.
You can see more on my site about this genus here.
Hope that helps,