Philatelic Aspects of Ascension

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  (euphorbia pulcherrima)

The best known member of the spurge family, native to Mexico and Central America, where it grows in moist, wooded ravines and on rocky hillsides. It is a leggy shrub of about 3 metres, and what look like petals are in fact leaf-like bracts surrounding a cluster of tiny yellow flowers. A milky latex in the stem and leaves can be irritating but the claim that it is poisonous is greatly exaggerated.


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Created by Stephen C Fowler
Last revised on the 8th of July 2000