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

[FTEA]

Euphorbiaceae, A. R.-Smith. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1987

Morphology General Habit
Dwarf succulent perennial with large tuberous root ± 10 cm. in diameter, and a much reduced underground stem; branches numerous, weakly erect to ± 30 cm. high, or often semi-prostrate to 50 cm. long, simple or occasionally rebranched, grey-green with conspicuous oblique paler streaks, 3(–4)-angled, 1–4 cm. wide, deeply winged, constricted at irregular intervals into ± obovate segments 2 cm. or more long; angles toothed with teeth irregularly spaced 1–5 cm. apart.
Morphology General Spines
Spine-shields narrowly oblong, 1–2 mm. wide, extended 1–5 mm. above the spines to enclose the flowering eye, decurrent for 5 mm. or more or sometimes contiguous especially on wider portions of the branch; spines 1–20 mm. long, very irregular in length with the shortest at the constrictions; prickles vestigial; flowering eye flanked by a pair of secondary spines 0.5–1.5 mm. long.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves deltoid, ± 1.5 × 1.5 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes solitary, 1-forked with peduncles and cyme-branches to 4 mm. long arranged in a vertical plane; bracts rounded, ± 2 × 3 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia ± 4 × 6 mm., with cup-shaped involucres, all parts yellow; glands transversely elliptic, ± 1.5 × 3.5 mm., just touching; lobes transversely elliptic, ± 1.5 × 2 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Male flowers:bracteoles laciniate; stamens ± 5mm. long. Female flower:styles 3.5 mm. long, joined for 1.5 mm., apices thickened, distinctly bifid.
sex Male
Male flowers:bracteoles laciniate; stamens ± 5mm. long.
sex Female
Female flower:styles 3.5 mm. long, joined for 1.5 mm., apices thickened, distinctly bifid.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule sessile, sharply 3-lobed, ± 4 × 6 mm., green flushed with red along the sutures.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds subglobose, 2.5 mm. in diameter, buff, mottled, smooth.
Habitat
In sandy soil amongst grass in open Acacia-Commiphora bushland; 600–1100 m.
Distribution
not known elsewhere K7 T2 T3

Native to:

Kenya, Tanzania

Euphorbia buruana Pax appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Mar 12, 1985 Burtt, B.D. [4911], Tanzania K000237933
Bally, P.R.O. [E8], Kenya 15737.000
Bally, P.R.O. [E41], Tanzania 15738.000
Abdallah, R. [3875], Tanzania K000237930
Engler [1930a], Kenya K000237927 holotype
Gilbert, M.G. [5817], Kenya K000237925
Balslev, H. [237], Tanzania K000237928
Bally [B14138], Kenya K000237924
Bally, P.R.O. [B13407], Kenya K000237922
Abdallah, R. [3952], Tanzania K000237929
Leach, L.C. [10301], Kenya K000237926
Gillett, J.B. [19641], Kenya K000237923
Greenway, P.J. [6508], Tanzania K000237931

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 34: 85 (1904)

Accepted by

  • 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.

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • N.E. Br. in Flora of Tropical Africa 6(1): 582 (1912).
  • Pax in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 34: 85 (1904).

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