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

[FZ]

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

sex Male
Male flowers: bracteoles 2.5 mm long, laciniate; stamens 4 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flower: perianth 3-lobed, 2.5 mm in diameter; styles 1.5 mm long, joined at the base, deeply bifid at the apex. Male flowers: bracteoles 2.5 mm long, laciniate; stamens 4 mm long.
sex Female
Female flower: perianth 3-lobed, 2.5 mm in diameter; styles 1.5 mm long, joined at the base, deeply bifid at the apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule c. 6 × 6 mm, obtusely lobed, with a pair of fleshy crested ridges along the sutures, exserted on a reflexed pedicel to 8 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds c. 3.75 × 1.75 mm, oblong, 4-angled, minutely and shallowly verrucose, pale brownish-grey; caruncle cap-shaped, 1 mm in diameter, shortly stipitate.
Morphology General Habit
Perennial with thick fleshy roots.
Morphology Stem
Stems succulent, glabrous, branching from the base, 10–60 cm high, erect or shortly decumbent and rooting, 1.5–3 cm in diameter, cylindrical, marked with ± rhomboid tessellations (with a diamond-shaped pattern of flattened tubercles); tubercles c. 1.5 × 1 cm, with circular leaf scars at the apices; leaf scars 2 mm in diameter with a narrow ± horny rim around the base.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves subsessile, crowded towards the stem and branch apices, to 9 × 4 cm, obovate, fleshy, minutely puberulous, margins often ± crisped, sometimes flushed reddish; stipules on young growth modified into a cluster of 3–5 soft spines 0.5–2 mm long which soon shrivel.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes axillary, simple; peduncles 5–8 mm long; cyme branches 2–4 mm long, minutely puberulous; bracts joined in a bract-cup c. 7 × 7 mm, shortly notched between acute lobes and prominent midribs, minutely puberulous, often tinged pinkish.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia c. 4 × 3.5 mm, with cup-shaped involucres; gland c. 2 mm high, cream with yellow rim; lobes 1 × 1.5 mm, rounded, denticulate.

Native to:

Botswana, KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Zimbabwe

Euphorbia lugardiae (N.E.Br.) Bruyns appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 2003 Lugard, E. [22], Congo, DRC Monadenium lugardiae K000253489 holotype
Wild, H. [28840], Zimbabwe Monadenium lugardiae 4182.000
Pickering, Mozambique Monadenium lugardiae 43957.000
Leach, L.C. [5192], Zimbabwe Monadenium lugardiae 5273.000

First published in Taxon 55: 413 (2006)

Accepted by

  • Bruyns, P.V. (2012). Nomenclature and typification of southern African species of Euphorbia Bothalia 42: 217-245.
  • 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/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0