The succulent Euphorbia alfredii is a columnar euphorbie . Their upright club-cylindrical main shoot is unbranched and has a diameter of up to 4 cm. The color is gray-green, with young shoots being dark green and later lignified. Its bark cracks open lengthways. It has no thorns and during the growing season it bears scaly leaves at the end of the main shoot . The ready oval leaves are glossy green and slightly hairy to hairless. They are up to 7 cm long, 3 cm wide and have a short stalk. The stipules are transformed into elongated humps.
The flowers appear before the leaves at the tip of the shoot. The cyathia are pendulous with spreading brownish to olive green cyathophylls with a weak tip.
Euphorbia alfredii is similar to Euphorbia ankarensis , although this has clearly hairy leaves and its cyathophylls are pointed and have a pale pink color.
- Volker Buddensiek: Succulent Euphorbias . Ulmer, 1998, ISBN 3-8001-6634-8 , pp. 72 .
- Euphorbia alfredii in the endangered Red List species the IUCN 2010. Posted by: Haevermans, T., 2004. Accessed April 14 of 2010.