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This species is accepted, and its native range is Zambia (Kabompo District).
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, from a flattish irregularly-shaped woody tuber to c. 30 cm in diameter and c. 5 cm thick.
Morphology Stem
Stems short, subterranean.
Morphology Branches
Branches numerous, rebranching near the base, to 22 cm long and 3–5 mm in diameter, flexuose, 3-angled; angles sinuate-dentate; tubercles 2–4.5 cm apart and 2.5 mm high along the margins, spirally arranged, sharply or obliquely truncate at the apex.
Morphology General Spines
Spine shields to 2.2 mm, triangular, formed by the expanded bases of the spines which sometimes remain separated below the leaf scar; spines 2.5–5 mm long, widely divergent; prickles minute.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 15–25(55) × 5–15 mm, narrowly obovate, narrowing into a petiole-like base, fleshy, persistent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes solitary, simple; peduncle and cyme branches 1 mm long; bracts c. 3 × 2.5 mm, oblong.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia c. 4 × 5 mm, with funnel-shaped involucres; glands 1.5 × 3 mm, ovate, touching; lobes c. 2 × 2 mm, broadly ovate.
sex Male
Male flowers c. 20: bracteoles c. 2.5 mm long, filiform; stamens c. 5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flower (immature): pedicel 1.75 mm long; styles 2–2.5 mm long, free almost to the base, apices shortly bifid. Male flowers c. 20: bracteoles c. 2.5 mm long, filiform; stamens c. 5 mm long.
sex Female
Female flower (immature): pedicel 1.75 mm long; styles 2–2.5 mm long, free almost to the base, apices shortly bifid.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule and seeds not seen.

Native to:

Zambia

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

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Drummond, R.B. [7303], Zambia K000253126 isotype

First published in Bull. Jard. Bot. Natl. Belg. 46: 257 (1976)

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
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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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