Euphorbia pulcherrima Willd. ex Klotzsch

First published in Allg. Gartenzeitung 2: 27 (1834)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is Mexico to Guatemala. It is a shrub and grows primarily in the seasonally dry tropical biome. It is has environmental uses and social uses, as a poison, a medicine and invertebrate food and for food.

Distribution

Native to:

Guatemala, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest

Introduced into:

Bangladesh, Brazil Northeast, Caroline Is., China South-Central, China Southeast, Comoros, Costa Rica, East Himalaya, El Salvador, Gambia, Guinea, Gulf of Guinea Is., Hainan, Honduras, India, Italy, Juan Fernández Is., Malawi, Nicaragua, Panamá, Society Is., Southwest Caribbean, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad-Tobago, Tubuai Is., Vanuatu, West Himalaya

Synonyms

Homotypic Synonyms

Heterotypic Synonyms

POWO follows these authorities in accepting this name:

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Catálogo de Plantas y Líquenes de Colombia

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Kew Species Profiles

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Kew Backbone Distributions

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  • Bhellum, B.L. (2012). Flora exotica of Jammu and Kashmir (List- I). Journal of Economic and Taxonomic Botany 36: 33-45.
  • Binojkumar, M.S. & Balakrishnan, N.P. (2010). The genus Euphorbia L. (Euphorbiaceae) in India. A taxonomic revision: 1-430. Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh, Dehra Dun.
  • Chayamarit, K. & Van Welzen, P.C. (2005). Euphorbiaceae (Genera A-F). Flora of Thailand 8(1): 1-303. The Forest Herbarium, National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, Bangkok.
  • Danton, P. & Perrier, C. (2004). Liste de la Flore vasculaire de l'île Robinson Crusoe archipel Juan Fernández, Chili. Journal de Botanique Société de Botanique de France 24: 67-78.
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  • Sarder, N.U. & Hassan, M.A. (eds.) (2018). Vascular flora of Chittagong and the Chittagong Hill Tracts 3: 1-978. Bangladesh National Herbarium, Dhaka.
  • Velayos, M., Barberá, P., Cabezas, F.J., de la Estrella, M., Fero, M. & Aedo, C. (2014). Checklist of the vascular plants of Annobón (Equatorial Guinea). Phytotaxa 171: 1-78.
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Useful Plants and Fungi of Colombia

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Other Data

Other Kew resources that provide information on this taxon:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Jan 1, 2008 Hinton, G.B. [11722], Guerrero K000476575 No
Harris [4498], Brazil K001210885 Yes
Hinton, G.B. [15799], Michoacán K000476574 No
Harris, L. [s.n.], Brazil K001210884 Yes
Langlassé, E. [848], Mexico K000478133 No
Menezes, E. [70], Brazil K001210886 Yes

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