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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. & SE. Ethiopia, Somalia ?, N. Kenya.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Shrub or small tree 1.5–3 m high, with grey bark
Morphology Branches
Branches reddish brown, puberulous when young
Morphology Leaves
Leaves subsessile, oblanceolate to panduriform, 3–9 x 1–3.5 cm, base abruptly cuneate, apex rounded to truncate, puberulous, with upper surface often glabrous at maturity; glandular stipules triangular
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes in terminal 3-branched false umbels, with rays 1–2.5 cm long forking 1–3 times and sparsely puberulous; bracts sessile, suborbicular, 1–1.5 cm in diam., creamy white, the basal ones of the umbel larger and more leaf-like
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Involucre
Cyathia subsessile, 1 cm in diam., glabrous; glands 5 on the primary cyathia developing male flowers only, 4 on the lateral bisexual cyathia, 4 mm broad, spreading, green or yellow
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens very many
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary densely pubescent, subsessile; styles 5 mm long, joined to halfway, pubescent with bifid glabrous apices
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule and seeds not seen.
Distribution
S1; SE Ethiopia, NE Kenya
Ecology
Altitude range 250 m.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Erect shrub or small tree to 5 m. high, with dark brown bark; branches puberulous when young.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate or occasionally fasciculate, subsessile, panduriform, to 6 × 3 cm., base cuneate, apex apiculate to rounded, margin entire, lamina puberulous when young, upper surface ± glabrous at maturity, midrib prominent beneath; petiole to 2 mm. long; stipules glandular.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes terminal, consisting of a central cyathium with 2(–3) lateral cyathia on glabrous rays to 1 cm. long; bracts sessile, subcircular, to 1.7 mm. wide, pubescent at first becoming glabrous, white to yellow, conspicuous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia subsessile, or the central one on a peduncle to 5 mm. long, ± 6.5 × 12 mm.,with cup-shaped involucres, glabrous; glands 5, transversely elliptic, ± 2 × 3.5 mm., shallowly saucer-shaped, yellow; lobes transversely elliptic, ± 2 × 3 mm., margin deeply fringed, ciliate.
sex Male
Male flowers many:bracteoles fan-shaped, deeply divided, apices feathery; stamens ± 8 mm. long, anther-thecae with a tuft of fine hairs 1 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flower:ovary sessile, densely pubescent; styles 5 mm. long, joined for 2.5 mm., pubescent, with spreading apices bifid for 2 mm., glabrous. Male flowers many:bracteoles fan-shaped, deeply divided, apices feathery; stamens ± 8 mm. long, anther-thecae with a tuft of fine hairs 1 mm. long.
sex Female
Female flower:ovary sessile, densely pubescent; styles 5 mm. long, joined for 2.5 mm., pubescent, with spreading apices bifid for 2 mm., glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule and seeds not seen.
Habitat
Limestone hills with open Acacia-Commiphora bushland; 400–500 m.
Distribution
K1

Doubtfully present in:

Somalia

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya

Euphorbia jatrophoides Pax appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Ellenbeck [1164], Ethiopia K000379374

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 33: 287 (1903)

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 Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 1, (1993) Author: by S. Carter [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Cufod., Enumeratio Plantarum Aethiopiae Spermatophyta (Supplement in Bull. Jard. Bot. Brux.) p. 450 (1958).
  • N.E. Br. in Flora of Tropical Africa 6(1): 544 (1911).
  • Pax in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 33: 287 (1903).

Flora of Somalia
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