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Euphorbia (Euphorbia coerulescens)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This datasheet is pending revision and updating; its contents are currently derived from FAO's Animal Feed Resources Information System (1991-2002) and from Bo Göhl's Tropical Feeds (1976-1982).

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Description
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Description 
Thorny leafless shrub 0.5-1.5 m high with numerous erect succulent stems. The branches are ridged longitudinally and constricted at intervals of 4-8 cm. One to three yellow flowers develop on the thorny ridges. When cut or bruised, milky latex is exuded.
Nutritional aspects
Ruminants 
Although not normally browsed by stock, the plant is eaten when cut into sections and left to wilt for a few days. Apparently the burning taste of the latex disappears, so that the plant becomes palatable to stock. Especially in times of drought it is often used as supplementary fodder.
Nutritional tables
Tables of chemical composition and nutritional value 

Avg: average or predicted value; SD: standard deviation; Min: minimum value; Max: maximum value; Nb: number of values (samples) used

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This datasheet is pending revision and updating; its contents are currently derived from FAO's Animal Feed Resources Information System (1991-2002) and from Bo Göhl's Tropical Feeds (1976-1982).

Main analysis Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
Crude protein % DM 15.1 1
Crude fibre % DM 15.3 1
Ether extract % DM 22.6 1
Ash % DM 11.8 1
Gross energy MJ/kg DM 21.8 *
 
Minerals Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
Calcium g/kg DM 1.7 1
Phosphorus g/kg DM 2.4 1

The asterisk * indicates that the average value was obtained by an equation.

References

Groenewald et al., 1967

Last updated on 24/10/2012 00:44:10

References
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