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This species is accepted, and its native range is Zimbabwe to Limpopo.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

Euphorbiaceae, S. Carter & L.C. Leach. Flora Zambesiaca 9:5. 2001

Morphology General Habit
Succulent spiny densely tufted shrublet to c. 20–40 cm high; rootstock tuberous fleshy, merging into a short stem below ground with numerous branches arising at or below ground level to form a compact clump to 2 m in diameter.
Morphology Branches
Branches to c. 50 cm long, sharply 4-angled, 1–2 cm in diameter, sparsely rebranching, with a darker stripe along the angles; angles with shallow tubercles c. 1.5–2 cm apart along the margins.
Morphology General Spines
Spine shields to 12 × 2 mm, narrowly obovate, decurrent to ± halfway or almost touching the flowering eye below, brown becoming grey; spines stout, 8–17 mm long, widely diverging, prickles 0.5–2 mm long.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 1 × 1 mm, deltoid, deciduous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes solitary, simple, subsessile; bracts c. 1.75 × 1.5 mm, oblong.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia c. 3 × 5 mm, with cup-shaped involucres; glands c. 1 × 2.75 mm, transversely oblong, bright yellow; lobes 1 × 1.5 mm, rounded, denticulate.
sex Male
Male flowers: bracteoles 2.5 mm long, fimbriate; stamens 4 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flower: styles 3 mm long, joined at the base, apices minutely bifid. Male flowers: bracteoles 2.5 mm long, fimbriate; stamens 4 mm long.
sex Female
Female flower: styles 3 mm long, joined at the base, apices minutely bifid.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 3 × 4 mm, obtusely lobed, sessile, purplish.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 2.3 × 1.7 mm, ovoid, verrucose.

Native to:

Botswana, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Zimbabwe

Euphorbia limpopoana L.C.Leach ex S.Carter appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Sep 29, 1998 Obermeyer, A.A. [s.n.], Malawi K000253138 isotype
Carter, S. [2238], Zimbabwe 54521.000
Carter, S. [2237], Zimbabwe 54944.000

First published in Kew Bull. 54: 960 (1999 publ. 2000)

Accepted by

  • Bruyns, P.V. (2012). Nomenclature and typification of southern African species of Euphorbia Bothalia 42: 217-245.
  • Govaerts, R., Frodin, D.G. & Radcliffe-Smith, A. (2000). World Checklist and Bibliography of Euphorbiaceae (and Pandaceae) 1-4: 1-1622. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora Zambesiaca
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0