E. tirucalli or Pencil tree
E. tirucalli or Pencil tree has increasingly become popular as an ornamental plant. Potted plants are placed indoor in offices and homes and can also be grown in lawns also.
This ornamental plant makes an unusual accent as a container plant or when planted as a small hedge. The pencil tree requires little maintenance, is drought tolerant and grows in poor soils too.
The roots are boiled and the juice is consumed for sterility problems in women and to treat snakebites. It is also used to treat sore throats and stomach ailments.
It is preferred for its ease of maintenance and beautiful evergreen pencil-like branches.
Source of Biodiesel
E. tirucalli is looked at as a potential source of biodiesel as it can produce lots of biomass and grow in marginal areas unfit for production of other crops. There has been increasing attention on biofuel production in order to reduce over dependence on fossil fuel. While agreeing with such a venture.
E. tirucalli stores abundant amounts of latex in so-called laticifers. This latex can be processed into biofuel. According to earlier findings and projections from small field experiments, the hydrocarbon of the latex would be able to produce the equivalent of 15 barrels of oil per acre.
Source of Rubber
E. tirucalli is reported for possessing hydrocarbon polymers that are used for manufacturing rubber substitutes. Several researchers point out that its latex is an emulsion of terpenes and resins in water, which can easily be transformed into rubber at low cost.
Note: Be careful where you place this plant. Its milky sap irritates the skin and can be toxic when ingested.
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As with any kind of garden, success usually starts with the soil. Most vegetables do best in moist, well-drained soil that’s rich in organic matter (such as compost or peat moss).
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In general use a soil-based compost placed over a generous layer of drainage material such as earthenware crocks, pebbles or gravel. Water and feed regularly, especially while plants are bearing flowers and fruit, when a high-potash fertilizer is recommended.