Euphorbia caput-medusae is a green succulent plant with a multi-stemmed, visible rosette based on a short, below-ground caudex. The serpent-like appearance of the stems give rise to the name of Medusa’s head. In Afrikaans it is called vingerpol, although several Euphorbias have been given that name. They grow close to Cape Town and nearby coastal sand flats and rocky hills, especially up the west coast. The cyathia are produced at the top of the stems from autumn to spring (www.plantzafrica.com).