My son brought home a sapling, and after 4 years in a pot it is now about 30 cm or a foot high (from the "ground" to the top of the "stem"). It doesn't need a lot of water and can go weeks without being watered, in fact it seems to me as if it is storing water in the thicker upper part of its stem. When I water it "too much", new leaves start to grow. There are tiny "blossoms" along the stem, and every now and then small, dark brown, spherical seeds about 2 mm in diameter pop out from the "blossom" and are thrown across the room as far as a meter (about a yard) or two.
What plant is this?
I believe that it is not native to my European home but some kind of decorative plant imported and sold through a florist or imported privately, but I'm not sure.