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This species is accepted, and its native range is Zimbabwe (E. Chimanimani Mountains).
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Spiny succulent shrub to 40 cm high, branching freely from the base to form dense clumps to 1 m in diameter.
Morphology Branches
Branches ascending, rarely rebranching, (3)4(5)-angled, 10–15 mm in diameter, irregularly constricted; angles sinuate, with tubercles 1–2 cm apart along the margins.
Morphology General Spines
Spine shields 5–9 × 3 mm, ovate; spines stout, 4–6 mm long, divergent; prickles minute.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves c. 1 mm long, broadly deltoid, recurved, deciduous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes solitary, simple or reduced to a single cyathium, dark red, subsessile.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia with involucres c. 3 × 5 mm; glands transversely oblong, c. 2 mm wide, touching, dark red, conspicuously rugose; lobes c. 1 × 2 mm, broadly fan-shaped, irregularly fimbriate.
sex Male
Male flowers 25–30: bracteoles laciniate, c. 2.25 mm long; stamens to 5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flower: styles c. 2.5 mm long, united to halfway, apices spreading-recurved, shortly bifid. Male flowers 25–30: bracteoles laciniate, c. 2.25 mm long; stamens to 5 mm long.
sex Female
Female flower: styles c. 2.5 mm long, united to halfway, apices spreading-recurved, shortly bifid.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule c. 3.5 × 5 mm, obtusely triangular, red, far exserted on a recurved pedicel 8 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds c. 2 mm in diameter, ± globose, smooth, grey, sometimes brown spotted.

Doubtfully present in:

Mozambique

Native to:

Zimbabwe

Euphorbia rugosiflora L.C.Leach appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1988 Richards [17712], Zimbabwe K000253117 isotype

First published in Kirkia 13: 319 (1990)

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.
  • Laius, A. (2015). In Zimbabwe Euphorbia World 11: 14-17.

Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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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