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

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb; rootstock large tuberous, producing several woody subterranean stems up to 1.5 cm thick branching at ground-level; branches erect, up to c. 10(20) cm high, or decumbent to 30 cm long, usually woody or sometimes herbaceous when produced after annual fires, shortly pubescent with crisped hairs.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves with a puberulous petiole to 5 mm long; stipules small, glandular, reddish; lamina to 70 × 9 mm, usually much less, linear-lanceolate, acute apiculate at the apex, rounded at the base, entire, midrib prominent beneath, margin and midrib beneath usually pubescent especially towards the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes reduced to solitary cyathia terminating leafy branches.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia on pubescent peduncles 1–3(5) cm long, 4.6 × 7 mm, with cup-shaped involucres, pubescent with spreading crisped hairs; glands 5(6), distant, pink, c. 1.5 × 2.2 mm, transversely elliptic, markedly 2-lipped to funnel-shaped with a transverse opening, margins entire; lobes c. 1.75 × 2.5 mm, transversely rectangular, margin deeply toothed, ciliate.
sex Male
Male flowers many: bracteoles laciniate, feathery; stamens 4.5 mm long, with pedicels usually pubescent at the apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flower: styles 2 mm long, pubescent, joined to halfway, with spreading recurved shortly bifid apices, channelled on the upper (inner) surface. Male flowers many: bracteoles laciniate, feathery; stamens 4.5 mm long, with pedicels usually pubescent at the apex.
sex Female
Female flower: styles 2 mm long, pubescent, joined to halfway, with spreading recurved shortly bifid apices, channelled on the upper (inner) surface.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule subsessile, shallowly 3-lobed, 5 × 7 mm, densely pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 3.5 × 3.2 mm, subglobose, very obtusely pointed at the apex, smooth, brown speckled.

Native to:

Zambia, Zimbabwe

Euphorbia oatesii Rolfe appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Wild, H. [1286], Zimbabwe 15776.000
Wild, H. [44447], Zimbabwe 5223.000
Oates, C.G. [s.n.], Zimbabwe K000253086 syntype
Rogers, F.A. [8466], Zambia K000253087 syntype

First published in C.G.Oates, Matabele Land, ed. 2: 408 (1889)

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.

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