Common Name: Pencil cactus, Indian tree spurge
Botanical name: Euphorbia tirucalli
Euphorbia tirucalli is known by many names such as Milk bush, pencil tree, pencil cactus; kalli in tamil which means poison. It’s latex and milky white latex resin is extremely irritating to the skin and is toxic. On exposure it can cause temporary blindness, redness of skin and on ingestion it can cause burns on the mouth, throat and lips.
Did you know that it is possible to use it’s latex as a form of fuel?