Book of Mediterranean Trees, Shrubs and Climbers


Euphorbia pulcherrima  Poinsettia
Family Euphorbiaceae
Genus Euphorbia  [u-FOR-be-a]  after Euphorbus, physician to Juba, King of Mauritania
Species pulcherrima  [pul-KER-rim-a]  most beautiful
Properties tree
The poinsettia (/pɔɪnˈsɛtiə/ or /pɔɪnˈsɛtə/) (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is a commercially important plant species of the diverse spurge family. The species is indigenous to Mexico. It is particularly well known for its red and green foliage and is widely used in Christmas floral displays. It derives its common English name from Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Minister to Mexico, who introduced the plant to the US in 1825.
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