Etymology: A contraction of "Neo", new, and spurge. The species name is dedicated to prolific English writer Herbert G. Wells, author of the famous novel "The Time Machine" published in 1895. Note that the Spanish writer Enrique Gaspar y Rimbau is the first to have imagined in 1887 that type of time travel.
Cousin of the 21st century: Euphorbia obesa, succulent plant species native to South Africa, now widely cultivated on the sandy soil. Spherical or cylindrical, this green plant, red or purple, can store a large amount of water. It also boasts of tiny flowers at the apex. Height: 1 meter high. The trunk continues to grow based on water needs.
Distribution: Deserts and arid steppes Eurafrica.
Morphology and Ecology: This plant consists of a large root bulbous and partly underground, from which the fibrous rootlets. This cylindrical root is partially filled with water. It ends with a twisted woody stem that emits flowers at the apex. Every flower, with petals and sepals identical, takes the form of a colorful feather duster. And slow growth and pollination provided by a symbiote, a hummingbird of the future (Cossima magnificens). The bases of each plant also provide shelter to colonies of Talpidornis.