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This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia, Kenya.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Tree to 7 m. high; trunk simple, marked with pit-scars resulting from fallen branches; branches spreading, then ascending and rebranching to form a rounded crown; terminal branches fleshy, 4–6-angled, 2–5(–6) cm. wide, shallowly winged, constricted at irregular intervals into pear-shaped segments 5–15 cm. long, greyish green and usually obliquely streaked with yellowish green; angles straight to shallowly and sinuately toothed, with teeth 5–15 mm. apart.
Morphology General Spines
Spine-shields contiguous to form a horny margin 2–4 mm. wide, eventually pealing off in strips; spines sturdy, 2–15 mm. long, a little shorter at the constrictions; prickles weak, triangular, 0.5 mm. long, later obsolescent; secondary spines 0–3.5 mm. long flanking the flowering eye 2–5 mm. above the spines.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves acutely deltoid, ± 2 × 1.5 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes 1–3 in a horizontal line, 1–2-forked, with stout peduncles and cyme-branches vertically arranged, 2–7.5 mm. long; bracts rounded, ± 4 × 6.5 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia ± 4 × 7 mm., with cup-shaped involucres, all parts golden yellow; glands transversely elliptic, ± 1.8 × 3.5 mm., almost touching; lobes circular, 1.75 mm. in diameter.
sex Male
Male flowers:bracteoles deeply laciniate, plumose; stamens 6.5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flower:perianth with 3 or more irregular lobes, to 1.5 mm. long; styles 4 mm. long, joined for 2 mm., apices thickened, rugose, distinctly bifid. Male flowers:bracteoles deeply laciniate, plumose; stamens 6.5 mm. long.
sex Female
Female flower:perianth with 3 or more irregular lobes, to 1.5 mm. long; styles 4 mm. long, joined for 2 mm., apices thickened, rugose, distinctly bifid.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule subsessile, 3-lobed, with truncate base and apex, ± 7.5 × 12 mm., dark red becoming brown.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds subglobose, 3.3 × 3 mm., brown minutely speckled with darker brown, smooth.
Habitat
Rocky hillsides with dense Acacia-Commiphora bushland; 700–1200 m.
Distribution
K1

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya

Euphorbia adjurana P.R.O.Bally & S.Carter appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Bally, P.R.O. [9438], Ethiopia 2084.000
Bally, P.R.O. [B 14906], Kenya 34777.000
Gillett, J.B. [13741], Kenya 4152.000
Kenya 42318.000
Gillett, J.B. [13445], Kenya K000253001 holotype

First published in Hooker's Icon. Pl. 39: t. 3875 (1982)

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

  • Bally & S. Carter in Hook., Ic. Pl. 39, t. 3875 (1982).

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