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This species is accepted, and its native range is Malawi to Mozambique.

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

Morphology General Habit
A succulent somewhat spiny erect to scrambling shrub up to 2.5 m high; main stem c. 4 cm in diameter, subcylindric towards the base, angular above, sparingly branched and rebranched.
Morphology Branches
Branches ascending, occasionally ± constricted into segments, 4(5)-angled, becoming subterete with age, c. 1(2) cm in diameter; angles shallowly crenate, with tubercles 1–2.5 cm apart along the margins.
Morphology General Spines
Spine shields small and very slender, ± obovate, up to 1 mm wide, narrowly decurrent almost to the flowering eye below, sometimes united into a horny margin; spines minute or absent; prickles 1–2 mm long, or obsolete.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves fleshy, to 10 mm long, orbicular, apiculate, caducous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes solitary, simple; branches subsessile to c. 2 mm long; bracts c. 2 mm long, ± elliptic.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia 4 × 5–7 mm, with cup-shaped involucres; glands transversely 3–4 mm oblong-elliptic, yellow-green, outer margin faintly pinkish; lobes 2.5 mm wide, transversely broadly elliptic, fimbriate.
sex Male
Male flowers: bracteoles c. 3.5 mm long, broadly laciniate, fimbriate; stamens c. 5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flower: styles 1.75 mm long, free almost to the base, spreading recurved, apices shortly bifid. Male flowers: bracteoles c. 3.5 mm long, broadly laciniate, fimbriate; stamens c. 5 mm long.
sex Female
Female flower: styles 1.75 mm long, free almost to the base, spreading recurved, apices shortly bifid.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 3–3.5 × 4–5 mm, subglobose, shortly exserted on a pedicel c. 1.5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds c. 2 mm long, ellipsoid globose, tuberculate.

Native to:

Malawi, Mozambique

Euphorbia ambroseae L.C.Leach appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Leach, L.C. [11238], Mozambique 25816.000 isotype

First published in Kirkia 4: 15 (1964)

Accepted by

  • Calane da Silva, M., Izdine, S. & Amuse, A.B. (2004). A Preliminary Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Mozambique: 1-184. SABONET, Pretoria.
  • 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
Flora Zambesiaca
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

Kew Backbone Distributions
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 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

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