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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Zimbabwe.

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Spiny succulent dwarf shrublet to 15 cm high, with densely tufted, stoloniferous branches, forming compact clumps to 50 cm in diameter.
Morphology Branches
Branches 5–8 mm in diameter, very obtusely 4-angled; angles shallowly sinuate with tubercles 6–10 mm apart along the margins.
Morphology General Spines
Spine shields 3–8 × 2–2.5 mm, obovate, decurrent to less than halfway to the flowering eye below; spines 2–8 mm long; prickles minute to 0.5 mm long, 1–1.5 mm above the spines.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves scale-like, 0.5 × 0.75 mm, deltoid, deciduous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes solitary, simple; cyme branches 1–2 mm long; bracts 1.5 × 1 mm, oblong, denticulate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia c. 2.75 × 3.5 mm, with cup-shaped involucres; glands to 2 mm wide, oblong, touching; lobes subquadrate, 1.25 × 1.5 mm, fimbriate.
sex Male
Male flowers: bracteoles 2.75 mm long; stamens c. 3.5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flower: styles 2.5 mm long, united at the base, spreading, with shortly bifid apices, spirally twisted when dry. Male flowers: bracteoles 2.75 mm long; stamens c. 3.5 mm long.
sex Female
Female flower: styles 2.5 mm long, united at the base, spreading, with shortly bifid apices, spirally twisted when dry.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 3.25 × 3.5 mm, obtusely lobed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 2 × 1.4 mm, ovoid, verrucose.

Native to:

Zimbabwe

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

First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 6(1): 569 (1911)

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
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