Synonym: Euphorbia sansalvador
This euphorb is one of the oldest documented medicinal plants. The pharmaceutical substance euphorbium, used for his drastic, purgative and emetic properties was extracted from it. According to Pliny the Elder, it got its name from Euphorbus, the Greek physician of Juba II, king of Mauritania. In turn, this gave its name to the genus Euphorbia.
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