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

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Glabrous annual herb, erect to 30 cm high; branches lax, spreading, very slender.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves with a petiole 0.5 mm long; stipules 0.5–0.75 mm long, filiform; lamina to 30 × 2 mm, linear, apiculate at the apex, obliquely rounded at the base and entire on the margin.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia terminal and pseudoaxillary, solitary on peduncles 0.5–1.5 mm long, 1.25 × 1.25 mm with cup-shaped involucres; glands 4, to 0.5 mm wide, transversely elliptic, with white to deep pink appendages, the 2 on either side of the gap through which the capsule is exserted larger, obtusely extended to 1.5 × 0.8 mm, usually smaller; lobes minute, acutely triangular.
sex Male
Male flowers: bracteoles few, filiform; stamens 1.5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flower: ovary pedicellate, pilose; styles 0.75 mm long, joined at the base, spreading, bifid for two-thirds, with slightly thickened apices. Male flowers: bracteoles few, filiform; stamens 1.5 mm long.
sex Female
Female flower: ovary pedicellate, pilose; styles 0.75 mm long, joined at the base, spreading, bifid for two-thirds, with slightly thickened apices.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule exserted on a reflexed pedicel to 1.8 mm long, 1.6 × 1.6 mm, acutely 3-lobed with truncate base, pilose except around the apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 1.4 × 0.8 mm, oblong-conical, 4-angled, with numerous fine transverse ridges and grooves, pale pinkish-brown to pale grey.

Native to:

Zimbabwe

Euphorbia delicatissima S.Carter appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Grosvenor, R.K. [478], Zimbabwe K000253045 holotype

First published in Kew Bull. 45: 328 (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.
  • Yang, Y., Riina, R., Morawetz, J.J., Haevermans, T., Aubriot, X. & Berry, P.E. (2012). Molecular phylogenetics and classification of Euphorbia subgenus Chamaesyce (Euphorbiaceae) Taxon 61: 764-789.

Flora Zambesiaca
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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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