Pedilanthus bracteatus is a species from western and southern Mexico, occurring from southern Sonora southward along the Sierra Madre Occidental as far as the state of Guerrero. Under favorable conditions, P. bracteatus may reach a height of 8 feet (2.5 m) or more, though it is more often in the 4 to 5-foot range (1.2 to 1.5 m).
In spring through fall, P. bracteatus produces its odd flowers, sandwiched between rounded reddish bracts. Euphorbias and their relatives have specialized flowering structures are called cyathia, including not only the flowers themselves but also a cup enclosing them, plus glands and appendages.
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