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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tanzania to N. Malawi.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb, with a woody rhizomatous root c. 1.5 cm in diameter.
Morphology Stem
Stems glabrous, usually simple, up to c. 80 cm high, often decumbent and then rooting in leaf litter.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves to 16 × 7 cm, obovate, tapering at the base into a winged petiole to c. 1 cm long, midrib keeled on the lower surface, the upper or both surfaces with stiff, scattered hairs; stipules glandular, 0.5 mm in diameter.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes axillary, 2–3-forked; peduncles glabrous, up to 10 cm long, cyme branches 0.5–2 cm long; bracts joined in a bract-cup to c. 14 × 20 mm, nodding and enveloping the cyathium, notched to nearly halfway between rounded lobes, creamy-white with green veining, midribs prominent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia c. 4 × 5 mm, with cup-shaped involucres; glandular rim c. 1.25 mm high, white; lobes 1.5 × 1.5 mm, rounded, denticulate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Male flowers: bracteoles few, c. 2.5 mm long, filamentous; stamens c. 4 mm long. Female flower: styles 1.5 mm long, joined to halfway, deeply bifid at the apex.
sex Male
Male flowers: bracteoles few, c. 2.5 mm long, filamentous; stamens c. 4 mm long.
sex Female
Female flower: styles 1.5 mm long, joined to halfway, deeply bifid at the apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 5.5 × 5 mm, acutely lobed, angles ridged, smooth, exserted on a reflexed pedicel c. 6 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 2.5 × 1.25 mm, oblong, 4-angled, minutely verrucose, grey with pale brown warts; caruncle 1 mm in diameter, cap-like, shortly stipitate, yellow.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb, with a thick woody rootstock; stems simple or sparsely branched to 1 m. high, or procumbent and rooting to 1.5 m. long, glabrous.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves obovate, to 15 × 5.5 cm., base tapering to a winged petiole to ± 1 cm. long, apex acute, margin entire, midrib sharply keeled on the lower surface, lamina glabrous to sparsely pilose with long spreading hairs on the upper or both surfaces; stipules glandular.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes on peduncles 4–10 cm. long, 2–4-forked, with cyme-branches ± 2 cm. long, occasionally minutely papillose below the bracts; bract-cup nodding, much longer and wider than the involucre, to 15 × 25 mm., notched to nearly halfway between rounded apices, green with darker veining.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia ± 4 × 5 mm., with cup-shaped involucres; glandular rim ± 1.5 mm. high; lobes rounded, ± 1.5 × 1.5 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Male flowers:bracteoles few, laciniate; stamens 4.2 mm. long. Female flower:styles 2 mm. long, joined to halfway, with spreading slightly thickened rugulose deeply bifid apices.
sex Male
Male flowers:bracteoles few, laciniate; stamens 4.2 mm. long.
sex Female
Female flower:styles 2 mm. long, joined to halfway, with spreading slightly thickened rugulose deeply bifid apices.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule exserted on a reflexed pedicel to 7 mm. long, ± 5 × 5 mm., acutely 3-lobed, with a pair of minute fleshy ridges along each angle.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds oblong, 4-angled, truncate at both ends, 3 × 1.5 mm., pale brown, minutely tuberculate; caruncle shortly stipitate, 1 mm. in diameter.
Habitat
Brachystegia woodland; ± 1500 m.
Distribution
T7

Native to:

Malawi, Tanzania

Euphorbia pseudolaevis Bruyns appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
May 1, 1986 Milne-Redhead, E. [10945], Tanzania Monadenium laeve K000283032
Jun 8, 1954 Jackson, G. [1333], Malawi Monadenium laeve K000283034
Brummitt, R. [10946], Malawi Monadenium laeve 36055.000
Brummitt [10946], Malawi Monadenium laeve 39301.000
Lovett, J.C. [4725], Tanzania Monadenium laeve K000283027
Hepper, F.N. [5292], Tanzania Monadenium laeve K000283030
Lovett, P. [470], Tanzania Monadenium laeve K000283033
Pawek, J. [2342], Malawi Monadenium laeve K000283040
Whyte, A. [s.n.], Malawi Monadenium laeve K000283036 holotype
Lovett, J.C. [4746], Tanzania Monadenium laeve K000283028
Brummitt, R.K. [10946], Malawi Monadenium laeve K000283038
Kayombo, C.J. [1027], Tanzania Monadenium laeve K000283031
Lovett, J.C. [4725], Tanzania Monadenium laeve K000283026
Stolz, A. [1955], Tanzania Monadenium laeve K000283029
Whyte, A. [s.n.], Malawi Monadenium laeve K000283035 holotype
Pawek, J. [13991], Malawi Monadenium laeve K000283041
Brummitt, R.K. [18415], Malawi Monadenium laeve K000283037
Pawek, J. [11030], Malawi Monadenium laeve K000283039

First published in Taxon 55: 414 (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.

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