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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Perennial with thick fleshy roots.
Morphology Stem
Stems succulent, glabrous, sparingly branched, erect to c. 45 cm high or decumbent to 80 cm long and rooting, up to 3 cm in diameter, cylindrical, covered with tubercles in a diamond-shaped pattern (tessellations); tubercles c. 10 × 8 mm and up c. 5 mm high, crowned with circular leaf scars 3 mm in diameter.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves subsessile, crowded towards the stem apex, up to 10 × 4.5 cm, obovate, tapering to a narrow base, fleshy, minutely puberulous, margins crisped, midrib prominent beneath; stipules modified into a cluster of 5–6 firm prickles, 1–3 mm long, arranged around the base of the leaf scars.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes axillary, simple or occasionally 2-forked; peduncles to 8 mm long; cyme branches c. 3 mm long; bracts joined in a bract-cup c. 6 × 9 mm, shortly notched between rounded lobes, sometimes minutely puberulous, yellowish-green.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia c. 6 × 5 mm, with cup-shaped involucres; glandular rim c. 2.5 mm high, minutely crenulate, cream with yellow; lobes 1.25 × 2 mm, rounded, denticulate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Male flowers: bracteoles 2 mm long, filamentous; stamens 4 mm long. Female flower: perianth 3-lobed, 3.5 mm in diameter; styles 2 mm long, joined at the base, deeply bifid at the apex.
sex Male
Male flowers: bracteoles 2 mm long, filamentous; stamens 4 mm long.
sex Female
Female flower: perianth 3-lobed, 3.5 mm in diameter; styles 2 mm long, joined at the base, deeply bifid at the apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule c. 8 × 8 mm, obtusely lobed, with a pair of fleshy crested ridges 0.5 mm wide along the sutures, exserted on a reflexed pedicel to 8 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds c. 4 × 1.8 mm, oblong, 4-angled, minutely and shallowly verrucose, pale brownish-grey; caruncle cap-shaped, 1 mm in diameter, shortly stipitate.

Native to:

Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe

Euphorbia spinulosa (S.Carter) Bruyns appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Leach, L.C. [9831], Zimbabwe Monadenium spinulosum K000253496 holotype

First published in Taxon 55: 415 (2006)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R.H.A. (2011). World checklist of selected plant families published update Facilitated by the Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora Zambesiaca
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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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