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

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Annual or short-lived perennial herb with a woody root up to 5 mm in diameter; branches prostrate, to 25 cm long, pubescent on the upper surface with short crisped hairs.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves with a petiole to 1 mm long; stipules linear, to 1.5 mm long; lamina to 13 × 8 mm, ovate, rounded apex, obliquely subcordate at the base, entire at the margin, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes terminal and pseudoaxillary, clustered into short leafy shoots.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia solitary on peduncles 0.5 mm long, c. 1.8 × 1.8 mm, with sparsely pilose cup-shaped involucres; glands 4, c. 0.7 mm wide, transversely elliptic, with conspicuous white, pink or red appendages, 2 of these c. 1 × 1.5 mm, the other 2, on either side of the gap through which the capsule is exserted, extended obliquely to c. 3 × 1.5 mm; lobes 0.5 mm long, acutely triangular, ciliate.
sex Male
Male flowers: bracteoles few, filiform; stamens many, 2.5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flower: ovary pedicellate; styles 2 mm long, erect, free to the base. Male flowers: bracteoles few, filiform; stamens many, 2.5 mm long.
sex Female
Female flower: ovary pedicellate; styles 2 mm long, erect, free to the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule just exserted on a reflexed pedicel to 2 mm long, 1.8 × 1.8 mm, acutely 3-lobed with truncate base, pilose on the angles.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 1.3 × 0.7 mm, oblong-conical, sharply 4-angled, minutely pitted and wrinkled, pinkish-grey.

Native to:

Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Euphorbia rubriflora N.E.Br. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1932 Allen, C.E.F. [264], Zimbabwe K000315209 Unknown type material
Jan 1, 1932 Rogers, F.A. [7132], Zambia K000315207 Unknown type material
Leach, L.C. [11627], Zimbabwe K000315206
Rogers, F.A. [7132], Zambia K000315208 Unknown type material

First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 6(1): 509 (1911)

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.
  • Yang, Y., Riina, R., Morawetz, J.J., Haevermans, T., Aubriot, X. & Berry, P.E. (2012). Molecular phylogenetics and classification of Euphorbia subgenus Chamaesyce (Euphorbiaceae) Taxon 61: 764-789.

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