Botanical details
  • Genus: Euphorbia Family: Euphorbiaceae
General description
  • 'gorgonis' in Latin means "of the Gorgon"; for the medusoid growth form;
  • spineless, small growing, species of the 'medusa head' type of euphorbia;
  • deep tap root that merge into a broad subglobose main stem (caudex).

Origin and habitat: endemic to South Africa, found in the Eastern Cape Province in the hill between Sundays River and Zwartkops River; Uniondale, Port Elizabeth and Albany Div.; Grahamstown.

Habit: easily distinguished from its allied species because of its small size and dark red or brown glands (yellow or greenish-yellow in related species).