Slipper Spurge

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A few nice Index kings, images I found:

Slipper Spurge
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Image by dinesh_valke
Common name: Devil’s Backbone, Japanese Poinsettia, Slipper Spurge, Redbird Cactus, Christmas Candle

Botanical name: Pedilanthus tithymaloides
– [ (ped-ill-AN-thus) shoe flower; (tith-ee-mal-OY-deez) resembles Tithymalus (the ancient name used by Pliny the Elder to describe a Euphorbia) ]
Synonym: Euphorbia tithymaloides
Family: Euphorbiaceae (castor, euphorbia, or spurge family)
– [ (yoo-for-bee-AY-see-ay) the Euphorbia family, named for Euphorbus, Greek physician to Juba II, King of Mauretania ]

Origin: Tropical Americas

Devil’s Backbone is a common succulent from the Tropical Americas found mostly in house gardens. The fleshy tubular stems are thin pencil like, grow zig zag and produce thick, dark-green or variegated, fleshy, cordate leaves.

All pedilanthus have peculiar beak shaped flowers. To some, the flower bracts resemble a slipper, hence one of its many common names. Devil’s Backbone has bright white and pink coloured flowers. The plant makes a good hedge/border plant, which can be trimmed. The livestock donot browse the plant as it is poisonous.

It thrives in partial shade and well-drained sandy soil. Planting should be done in the spring. Devil’s backbones do best in bright indirect or curtain-filtered sunlight.

References: Flowers of IndiaTopTropicalsDave’s GardenWikipediadict.die.net/pedilanthus tithymaloides/
Blogged at: Slice of the Day by Vasant M. Salian

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Image by BillyCabic
Hawker-Siddeley CLRV 4042 arriving at Queen Street East and Carlaw Avenue on route 503 Kingston Road.

VEHICLE STATISTICS
Make: Urban Transit Development Corporation (UTDC)/Hawker-Siddeley
Model: 1978-81 Canadian Light Rail Vehicle (CLRV)
Destination sign: rollsign
More info: cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php?title=Toronto_Transit_Commission_…

ROUTE
503 YORK via KING