Trying to find name of this interesting plant

by Linda

This photo is of a young plant. The mature ones have kind of square stems.

Little starts seem to grow on the stem and then fall off into the soil, seeding itself and starting a new plant.

I think it belongs in the blooming succulent family.

Drought Smart Plants reply:

Hi Linda, this one has me puzzled. It's not a succulent, even though you think it could be (by the way, succulent just refers to the plump water holding leaves, it's not a specific plant). If you can re-post when it's older if it blooms, it might help.

Maybe another visitor will recognize it, be patient!


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Jul 22, 2013
Madagascar jewel
by: Anonymous

Is definitely a Madagascar Jewel plant. I have several of them and they are the most tolerant of all plants. I have one in total shade that is huge and branched out and another in a sunny window and a third that os strictly under a fluorescent light. Nothing seems to bother them.

Apr 21, 2012
Madagascar Jewel
by: Bea

It looks like a Madagascar Jewel plant.
They are very poisonous but nethertheless quite interesting and tough (despite the fact mine died).
They manage to get a lot of their seeds quite a way from the main plant so you may find seedlings in other plant pots nearby.

It took me a long time to identify this plant as it doesn't seem to be commonly known.

Nov 22, 2011
plant name
by: Linda

I have just found the name of this plant is Euphorbia leuconeura, Madagascar Jewel. It is from Madagascar and belongs in the succulent family.

Nov 01, 2011
Some photos of this plant at 1 year old.
by: Matt

I've been growing these in my office for a bit over a year now, from seed. The seed is small, black, and not quite spherical, about 2.5mm. It's ejected from the plant forcefully, leaving behind a 'casing' near the plant, and the seed itself usually several feet away.

Flowers have no petals.

While the plant starts out as the previous poster showed, just a sprout with some leaves, at around 4 months the sprout begins to thicken and a 'trunk' forms. The trunk is very much like a succulent.

Flowering begins as soon as trunk formation begins. Very mature plants (I no longer have access to one to photograph) are 3-4 feet tall and look like cacti with broad leaves.

I have no idea what it is.

Sep 20, 2011
Unidentified plant
by: Kimm Moon

I have this plant too and can't find the name of it. I found this site by googling "square stemmed plant" because I got no where with plant identity sites and books as well. I will post a pic of my more mature version of this plant when I get a minute.

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