EnglishShow more Special senses of English; named for the shape of the plant or inflorescence.
As a qualifier, usually in the noun phrases:
1.candelabra flower:any of several species of bulbous plant of the genus Brunsvigia of the Amaryllidaceae, especially B. orientalis, bearing a large number of pinkish-red flowers on an umbel; also called sore-eye flower (sense a).See also chandelier sense 1.
1910E. London Dispatch 27 May 5 (Pettman)Brunsvigia or candelabra flower — pinkish red, on long pedicels, and not too many of them.
c1911S. PlayneCape Col. 47The lilies of the genus Brunsvigia are called by Cape colonists ‘Candelabra flowers’, because their columns or stems, which are crowned with numerous stalked flowers, all curve upwards and present their cups to the sky bearing much resemblance to a branched candlestick.
1964G. CampbellOld Dusty 48I shall soon find myself going out to commune with the candelabras and leonotis.
1988M. BranchExplore Cape Flora 32The large dry head of the candelabra flower rolls over the veld like a ball, dropping seeds as it goes.
1936C. BirkbyThirstland Treks 317The Bushmen of the Namaqualand borders use a mixture of snake poisons, spiders and the sticky juice of the candelabra euphorbia, the big cactus that you see everywhere in Thirstland.
1966C.A. SmithCommon Names 185Candelabra tree, Euphorbia ingens (Lowveld)...A succulent arborescent with spiny, deeply 4-angled branches and masses of small yellow ‘flowers’.
1973Beeton & Dorner inEng. Usage in Sn Afr.Vol.4No.1, 10Candelabra tree,..(Euphorbia ingens)..Succulent tree with single trunk & dense branches; round candelabra shaped crown.
1985S. Afr. Panorama Feb. 33There is a cactus-like candelabra tree shaded by a flat-topped wild syringa.
1994House & Leisure June 101The massively branched candelabra tree, Euphorbia ingens, is 10 metres high.
any of several species of bulbous plant of the genus Brunsvigia of the Amaryllidaceae, especially B. orientalis, bearing a large number of pinkish-red flowers on an umbel; also called sore-eye flower (sense a).
any of several cactus-like trees of the genus Euphorbia of the Euphorbiaceae, especially E. ingens.
the plant Aloe candelabrum of the Liliaceae; chandelier2.
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