Is this succulent?

by Lubo
(Bratislava, Slovakia)

Please, can you tell me, what is the name of this strange plant? My brother got it as a present but neither those who gave him this plant didn't know its name. Thank you very much. Lubo

Hi Lubo, these are classed as a succulent, which is just a way to group all those plants that have fleshy leaves or other ways to store water together.

This is a Pencil Cactus, of the Euphorbia genus. You can see more about it here - please use caution when handling these plants - they are not to be fooled with; the sap is extremely caustic and can cause damage to eyes, or contact dermatitis if it gets on your skin.

Best of luck with your plant.

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Aug 11, 2014
by: Jacki

Fiona, by all means send pictures here.

Aug 11, 2014
euphorbia tricallis or firesticks.
by: Fiona

I have several plants in my garden. Under stress eg: dry conditions the upper "branches" become red or reddish-orange. I will take some piccies if you are interested. I am in Pretoria in South Africa.

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