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

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Erect annual herb to 30 cm high with a stem to 3 mm thick becoming woody; branches spreading, sparsely pubescent to almost glabrous, with short, curled hairs.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves glabrous with a petiole 0.5–1 mm long; stipules to 1.5 mm long, linear, entire; lamina to 45 × 3 mm, linear or to 30 × 7 mm and lanceolate, acute at the apex, obliquely rounded at the base, entire on the margins.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia terminal and pseudoaxillary, congested on short leafy shoots, solitary on peduncles 0.5–1 mm long, c. 1.3 × 1.3 mm with cup-shaped involucres; glands 4, to 0.5 mm wide, transversely elliptic, with white to pink appendages, the 2 on either side of the gap through which the capsule is exserted, slightly larger to 0.8 × 1 mm; lobes acutely triangular, ciliate.
sex Male
Male flowers: bracteoles deeply laciniate; stamens 2.4 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flower: ovary pedicellate, glabrous; styles 1.3 mm long, joined at the base, scarcely bifid at the apex. Male flowers: bracteoles deeply laciniate; stamens 2.4 mm long.
sex Female
Female flower: ovary pedicellate, glabrous; styles 1.3 mm long, joined at the base, scarcely bifid at the apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule exserted on a reflexed pedicel to 2.5 mm long, 2 × 2.3 mm, 3-lobed with truncate base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 1.5 × 1 mm, oblong-conical, 4-angled, with 3 or 4 pronounced transverse ridges and grooves, pale pinkish-brown to pale grey.

Native to:

Zambia, Zimbabwe

Euphorbia karibensis S.Carter appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Chase [7066], Zimbabwe K000253043 holotype

First published in Kew Bull. 45: 330 (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 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/
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