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This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to Tanzania.

[FTEA]

Euphorbiaceae, A. R.-Smith. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1987

Morphology General Habit
Annual or probably short-lived perennial herb branching from near the base, to ± 30 cm. high, seldom more, glabrous or the stem pilose with short curved hairs, the whole plant sometimes tinged red.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves densely crowded, sessile, oblanceolate, to 25 × 7 mm., apex rounded, margin entire.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes occasionally axillary, usually in terminal 3–5-branched umbels, with primary rays to 4 cm. long, forking ± 5 times; bracts sessile, deltoid, to 1.5 × 1.5 cm., seldom larger.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia on peduncles to 1 mm. long, 1.8 × 2 mm., with cup-shaped involucres; glands 4, spreading, transversely oblong, 1 mm. broad, with 2 horns to 0.8 mm. long; involucral lobes ovate with 2-lobed apex, 0.8 mm. long, margin minutely ciliate.
sex Male
Male flowers:bracteoles linear, ciliate; stamens 2.5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flower:styles 1.5 mm. long, joined at the base for 1/3, erect, bifid to almost halfway. Male flowers:bracteoles linear, ciliate; stamens 2.5 mm. long.
sex Female
Female flower:styles 1.5 mm. long, joined at the base for 1/3, erect, bifid to almost halfway.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule exserted on a glabrous or pilose pedicel to 3.5 mm. long, deeply 3-lobed, 2.7 × 3.2 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds ovoid, 1.5 × 1.2 mm., smooth, reddish black, with a cream, wrinkled caruncle, 0.6 mm. across.

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda

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

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Ash [1671], Ethiopia 35592.000

First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 6(1): 541 (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.

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • A.D.Q. Agnew, Upland Kenya Wild Flowers p. 222 (1974).
  • Cufod., Enumeratio Plantarum Aethiopiae Spermatophyta (Supplement in Bull. Jard. Bot. Brux.) p. 462 (1958).
  • N.E. Br. in Flora of Tropical Africa 6(1): 541 (1911).
  • O. Hedberg, Afroalpine Vascular Plants p. 126 (1957).
  • S. Carter in KB. 40: 814 (1985).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

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/
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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