Philatelic Aspects of Ascension

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Ascension Euphorbia
  (euphorbia origanoides)

One of the world's rarest plants, peculiar to Ascension and uncommon on the island, but indigenous. First recorded in 1698. It has prostrate vermillion stems with a thick milky juice, small alternate oval, slightly dentate leaves and greenish-red flowers similar to the English spurge.

The milky juice is poisonous and can cause blindness if allowed contact with eyes. Small colonies grow near Letterbox, between Sisters and Cross Hill, near Collyer Point, Comfortless Flats, and on the seaward slopes of Devils Cauldron.

Copyright © 2000, Neil MacFall
Created by Stephen C Fowler
Last revised on the 2nd of July 2000