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This species is accepted, and its native range is N. Zambia.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Spiny succulent dwarf perennial, with a much-reduced underground stem merging into a ± depressed subspherical tuberous root to c. 8 cm in diameter.
Morphology Branches
Branches numerous radiating from stem apex, erect and spreading, simple, to 15 cm long and 4–7 mm in diameter, (4)5–6-angled; angles with very prominent tubercles to 7 mm high and 5–20 mm apart along the margins.
Morphology General Spines
Spine shields borne on the upper oblique edge of the tubercles, c. 3 × 3 mm, subquadrate, dark reddish-brown; spines to 4 mm long with expanded bases, widely spreading; prickles obsolete.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves to 2.5 mm long, fleshy, subconical, acute, erect, deciduous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes solitary, simple, or occasionally 2-forked or reduced to a single cyathium, peduncles to 5 mm long, cyme branches to 4 mm long; bracts 1 × 1.5 mm, scale-like.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia 2–2.5 × 5 mm, with cup-shaped involucres; glands c. 2 × 1 mm, transversely oblong, spreading, yellow; lobes c. 1 × 2 mm, transversely broadly elliptic, fimbriate.
sex Male
Male flowers c. 20: fascicular bracts finely divided; bracteoles 1.75 mm long, filiform; stamens 3.5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flower: perianth 3-lobed, ovary deeply obtusely lobed, exserted on a recurved pedicel 6 mm long; styles 3–3.5 mm long, shortly united at the base, widely spreading with bifid apices. Male flowers c. 20: fascicular bracts finely divided; bracteoles 1.75 mm long, filiform; stamens 3.5 mm long.
sex Female
Female flower: perianth 3-lobed, ovary deeply obtusely lobed, exserted on a recurved pedicel 6 mm long; styles 3–3.5 mm long, shortly united at the base, widely spreading with bifid apices.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule and seeds not seen.

Native to:

Zambia

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

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Williamson [1985A], Zambia K000253124 isotype

First published in J. S. African Bot. 39: 8 (1973)

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.

Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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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/
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