Inspired by the Strange Beauties succulent exhibit at PHS’s McLean Library, one of our readers submitted pictures of her pencil tree (Euphorbia tirucalli). The shrub grows in semi-arid tropical conditions and has a wide distribution in Africa.
What’s really interesting about it is its medicinal use. Even though its milky sap can cause temporary blindness if it comes in contact with eyes, it has been used as a treatment for warts and the medical community have pursued using it in treating cancers.
Thanks to Suzette T. for submitting her photos! Got your own strange beauty? Then post a photo on to our Facebook wall.