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

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Succulent spiny shrub or rarely a small tree to 2(2.75) m high, at first branching from the base, eventually forming a stout greyish trunk to c. 1 m tall and c. 12 cm in diameter with a dense crown of crowded, spreading-ascending branches.
Morphology Branches
Branches to 1 m long, 4–6-angled, constricted into segments; segments to 25 cm long, c. 6 cm in diameter near the base and tapering to 4 cm in diameter towards the apex; angles wing-like to 3 cm broad and 3–5 mm thick, shallowly sinuate, with tubercles 5–15 mm apart along the margins.
Morphology General Spines
Spine shields joined, forming a conspicuous whitish, horny margin c. 3 mm wide; spines widely diverging, to 8 mm long at base of segments, shorter towards the apex, often much reduced; prickles minute.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves to 34 × 4 mm, linear to narrowly ovate, spreading recurved, sessile, caducous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes 3 at each flowering eye, simple, with lateral cyathia vertically arranged; peduncles and cyme branches c. 1 mm long; bracts 1.5–2.5 × 1 mm, broadly ovate, truncate, denticulate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia with involucres 3 × 3–3.5 mm, narrowly obconic; glands 1.5–2 mm broad, transversely narrowly elliptic, touching, orange-yellow; lobes 0.75 × 0.75 mm, subquadrate.
sex Male
Male flowers numerous: bracteoles 1.75 mm long, filiform; stamens 4 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flower: ovary subglobose, perianth rim-like; styles 1.5–2 mm long, united for c. 1 mm, spreading above, stigmas shortly bifid. Male flowers numerous: bracteoles 1.75 mm long, filiform; stamens 4 mm long.
sex Female
Female flower: ovary subglobose, perianth rim-like; styles 1.5–2 mm long, united for c. 1 mm, spreading above, stigmas shortly bifid.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 3 × 5.5–6 mm, acutely lobed, truncate at the base, exserted on a recurved pedicel to 9 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 2 mm in diameter, globose, smooth, pale yellow-brown, mottled.

Native to:

Mozambique

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

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Leach, L.C. [5103], Mozambique K000253110 isotype

First published in Kirkia 4: 18 (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
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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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