Euphorbus (physician)

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Euphorbus was the Greek physician of Juba II (reigned 30 BC– AD 23) . He wrote that a succulent plant discovered in the Atlas mountains was a powerful laxative.[1] In 12 BC, Juba named this plant Euphorbia, after his physician Euphorbus. In response, Augustus dedicated a statue to Antonius Musa, Augustus's own personal physician and Euphorbus' brother.[1]

Botanist and taxonomist Carl Linnaeus assigned the name Euphorbia to the entire genus in the physician's honor.[2]


  1. ^ a b Flowering Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains, p 107, 1985, CNPS
  2. ^ Linnaeus (1753): p.450