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Red on Green by Teresa Zieba


Small (23.2" x 15.5")

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Euphorbia milii (Crown-of-thorns or Christ Plant) is a woody, succulent species of Euphorbia native to Madagascar. The species name commemorates Baron Milius, once governor of Réunion, who introduced the species to France in 1821. It is suspected that the species was introduced to the Middle East in ancient times, and legend associates it with the crown of thorns worn by Jesus.
It is a succulent climbing shrub growing to 1.8m tall, with densely spiny stems, the straight, slender spines up to 3 cm long, which help it scramble over other plants. The leaves are found mainly on new growth, and are obovate, up to 3.5 cm long and 1.5 cm broad. The flowers are small, subtended by a pair of conspicuous petal-like bracts, variably red, pink or white, up to 12 mm broad. The sap is moderately poisonous.
Photographed in English Garden in Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Canon XSi with 75-300mm lens and Kenko extension tubes, f/8, 1/250sec, ISO-200, 300mm focal length.

I’m married to a wonderful man for over 35 years. I have one daughter and one grandson. I live in Winnipeg, Canada. Photography is my passion as is travelling. I do both whenever I can.

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  • vadim19
    vadim19about 4 years ago

    Very lovely capture, Teresa!

  • Thank you Vadim. I’m so pleased you like it.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks Ray.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture Teresa.

  • Thanks a lot Al.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfabout 4 years ago

    Lovely shot! My Dad used to grow this, I think it is called Christ Thorn, supposedly what the crown of thorns was made of!

  • Thank you Colin. I have to do some research and now thanks to you I know what to look for.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekabout 4 years ago

    Great capture my friend………..I’ve seen these before………..ouch! ;-))

  • Many thanks Stephanie.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfabout 4 years ago

    Your research probably turned up this but just in case Euphorbia Milii

  • Thank you Colin. I just added all info to the discription.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Cheryl Dunning
    Cheryl Dunningabout 4 years ago


  • Thank you so much Cheryl.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Carol Barona
    Carol Baronaabout 4 years ago

    so beautiful!

  • Thank you very much Carol.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful details in this capture Teresa…interesting read as well…inst fave BTW!!!

  • Thanks for the comment and fave Larry.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenabout 4 years ago

    Lovely capture…..a very pretty image !

  • Thank you Sean. I loved the colour contrast. So very Chrismas isn’t it?

    – Teresa Zieba

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