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This species is accepted, and its native range is N. Zambia.

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Spiny succulent shrublets to c. 25 cm high, branching freely from the base, forming large clumps.
Morphology Branches
Branches usually simple, up to 23 cm long and 10 mm in diameter, subcylindric; tubercles in 3–5 spiral series, 5–10 mm apart.
Morphology General Spines
Spine shields 2.5–7.5 × 1.5–2.5 mm, obtriangular, brown, with a narrow dark margin when young, becoming grey; spines 1–4 mm long, widely diverging, deflexed; prickles 1–2.5 mm long.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 0.75 × 0.75 mm, ovate-acute, deciduous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes solitary, simple, with peduncles 1–2.5 mm long, purplish; cyme branches to 3 mm long; bracts c. 1 × 0.75 mm, ovate to oblong, truncate, maroon.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia 2.5 × 3–3.5 mm, with narrowly funnel-shaped involucres; glands c. 1.3 × 0.5 mm, transversely elliptic, spreading, touching, orange-yellow; lobes c. 1 × 1 mm, ± bilobed, bright cerise.
sex Male
Male flowers c. 10: bracteoles few, c. 2.5 mm long, filiform to very narrowly oblong, denticulate; stamens c. 5 mm long, anther cells dull cerise.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flower: styles 2.5 mm long, spreading, recurved, ± free to the base, apices shortly bilobed. Male flowers c. 10: bracteoles few, c. 2.5 mm long, filiform to very narrowly oblong, denticulate; stamens c. 5 mm long, anther cells dull cerise.
sex Female
Female flower: styles 2.5 mm long, spreading, recurved, ± free to the base, apices shortly bilobed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 3 × 3.5 mm, obtusely lobed, barely exserted.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds c. 1.8 × 1.3 mm, ± ellipsoid, prominently verrucose, brown.

Native to:

Zambia

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

First published in Excelsa 15: 12 (1991 publ. 1992)

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.

Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

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