This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A plant from the South Sea Islands, belonging to the Order Euphorbiaceae, with foliage showing a great variety of tints. Its stem and branches are furnished at short but regular intervals with exstipulate leaves, having hairy petioles from six to eight inches long, from which the leaf expands into a bold and broad blade of the obcordate acuminate form, serrate and prominently veined. The leaves attain a length of from twelve to fifteen inches, with a breadth of from ten to twelve inches. The coloring and markings of the leaves are exceedingly varied, tints of red, yellow, pink, brown, and green, may all be found upon one plant. The coloring is most developed in the older leaves; in some, blotches of red or yellowish red are scattered over the whole leaf; in others, a portion sharply marked off by the prominent veins is colored; in others again the two preceeding characters are combined. The general outline of the plant is bolder and the color more varied than A. tricolor. - Messrs J. Veitch Sons, Chis-icick, London.