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

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Spiny succulent shrublet, erect to 75 cm tall, or with branches semi-prostrate to 1 m long.
Morphology Branches
Branches acutely 4-angled, 10–15 mm in diameter; angles sinuate with prominent tubercles 10–15 mm apart along the margins.
Morphology General Spines
Spine shields 6–9 × 3–4 mm, obovate, decurrent to shortly above the flowering eye below; spines sturdy, variable in length, to 5–7 mm long; prickles to 1 mm long and 2 mm above the spines.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 1 × 1 mm, deltoid, deciduous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes solitary, simple, subsessile; bracts c. 1.25–1.75 × 1.25 mm, dentate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia 2–2.5 × 4 mm, with cup-shaped involucres; glands c. 2–2.5 × 1.25 mm, transversely oblong, touching, yellow; lobes c. 1.25 × 1.25 mm, rounded, denticulate, red.
sex Male
Male flowers 10–15: bracteoles c. 1.5 mm long, filiform; stamens c. 3.5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flower: styles 2.5 mm long, free almost to the base, spreading, apices shortly bifid. Male flowers 10–15: bracteoles c. 1.5 mm long, filiform; stamens c. 3.5 mm long.
sex Female
Female flower: styles 2.5 mm long, free almost to the base, spreading, apices shortly bifid.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule c. 2.5 × 3.75 mm, obtusely lobed, reddish-brown.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds c. 1.5 × 1.25 mm, ovoid, lightly verrucose.

Native to:

Zambia

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

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Richards, M. [18176], Zambia K000253136 holotype

First published in Excelsa 15: 15 (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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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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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/
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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