Euphorbia umbellata is a rather succulent, evergreen shrub or a small bushy tree that usually grows up to 5 metres tall, occasionally to 10 metres. The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
Euphorbia umbellata is a thornless semi-succulent, evergreen shrub or small tree, erect, richly branched from near the base and in its habitat becoming up to 3,5(-10) m in height with an equal spread. It is widely grown in the tropics for its giant fleshy leaves as an ornamental and hedge or cover plant and under glass in colder regions. The plant has long been recognized as being very toxic and irritant. Contact of the latex with the skin or mucous membranes will cause a burning sensation, dermatitis and blisters. In cultivation, this plant is also known as Synadenium grantii.