Euphorbia pulcherrima

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Related to Euphorbia pulcherrima: poinsettia, Euphorbia milii
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Synonyms for Euphorbia pulcherrima

tropical American plant having poisonous milk and showy tapering usually scarlet petallike leaves surrounding small yellow flowers

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Cycadales: Zamiaceae); poinsettia, Euphorbia pulcherrima Willd.
While in Mexico, he became fascinated with the plant Euphorbia pulcherrima.
But with six million poinsettia plants sold wholesale for $18 million last year alone by North Carolina growers -- second only to California -- Euphorbia pulcherrima is just another name for a cash crop worth stealing.
The Euphorbia pulcherrima, its botanical name, is native to Mexico, named after the American Minister to Mexico, Joel Roberts Poinsett, who found the plant growing along a Mexican roadside in the 1820s.
Smith-Kielland I, Dornish JM, Malterud KE, Hvistendahl G, Romming C, Bockman OC, Kolsaker P, Stenstrom Y, Nordal A (1996) Cytotoxic triterpenoids from the leaves of Euphorbia pulcherrima.