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This species is accepted, and its native range is Botswana to Northern Prov.

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

Morphology General Habit
Dwarf perennial with an evil smelling latex; rootstock tuberous, thick, tapering, merging into the stem below ground to form a body to c. 20 cm long, 3–8 cm in diameter, with c. 2.5 cm of the stem above ground, rarely divided into 2 or more; stem apex truncate, covered with prominent rhomboid tubercles 10–15 × 5–12 mm; branches radiating and ascending from around the apical growing point, to 8–20 cm long, 1 cm in diameter with small prominent, white-tipped tubercles.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves clustered towards branch tips, to 10 × 2 mm, linear-lanceolate, entire, longitudinally folded, sessile.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia c. 2.5 × 3.5 mm with cup-shaped involucres; glands widely separated, c. 1.7 × 2 mm, subquadrate, dark green, outer margins with 2–4 slender, subulate, yellow processes 1–2 mm long; lobes c. 1 × 1.5 mm, transversely oblong, toothed, ciliate. Cyathia produced towards branch tips, with peduncles to 8–12 mm long, persistent and becoming woody; bracts 4–6, scale-like, deciduous.
sex Male
Male flowers: bracteoles 3 mm long, laciniate; stamens 4.5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flower: styles united for 1.5 mm, stigmas stout, recurved. Male flowers: bracteoles 3 mm long, laciniate; stamens 4.5 mm long.
sex Female
Female flower: styles united for 1.5 mm, stigmas stout, recurved.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule c. 5 × 6 mm, obtusely lobed, green with red-brown lines along the sutures, sessile.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds c. 3.2 × 2.5 mm, ovoid with truncate base and pointed apex, smooth.

Native to:

Botswana, Northern Provinces

Euphorbia maleolens E.Phillips appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Fl. Pl. South Africa 12: 459 (1932)

Accepted by

  • Bruyns, P.V. (2012). Nomenclature and typification of southern African species of Euphorbia Bothalia 42: 217-245.
  • 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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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