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

[FTEA]

Euphorbiaceae, A. R.-Smith. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1987

Morphology General Habit
Annual or probably short-lived shrubby perennial herb to 2 m. high, glabrous except for crisped hairs below the junction of the leaves and bracts with the branches and usually on the stem and young leaves.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves densely crowded and leaving prominent scars, sometimes tinged red on the lower surface, sessile, lanceolate to 8 × 1 cm., base cuneate, apex obtuse and minutely apiculate, margin entire.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes lax, axillary and in terminal 3–15-branched umbels forking many times, with primary rays to 10 cm. long, all parts of the cyme often tinged red; bracts sessile, broadly ovate to 24 × 12 mm., apex acute, margin entire.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia on peduncles to 1 mm. long, 1.75 × 2 mm., with cup-shaped involucres; glands 4, spreading, broadly crescent-shaped, to 1.25 mm. broad, with curved horns 0.5 mm. long; involucral lobes subquadrate with 2-lobed apex, 0.5 mm. long, margin ciliate.
sex Male
Male flowers:bracteoles linear, apex ciliate; stamens 2 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flowers:ovary 2-locular; styles 2, 1.5 mm. long, joined at the base, bifid for 1/3. Male flowers:bracteoles linear, apex ciliate; stamens 2 mm. long.
sex Female
Female flowers:ovary 2-locular; styles 2, 1.5 mm. long, joined at the base, bifid for 1/3.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule exserted on a reflexed pedicel to 4.5 mm. long, 2-lobed, 2.25 × 2.75 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds ovoid, 1.8 × 1.4 mm., smooth, reddish black, with a caruncle 1 mm. across, wrinkled, yellow.
Habitat
In open forest, in shade or damp situations; 2000–3250 m.
Distribution
K2 K3 K4 K6 U3 not known elsewhere

Native to:

Kenya, Uganda

Euphorbia brevicornu Pax appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
May 5, 1983 Lugard, E.J. [380], Kenya K000252961
May 5, 1983 Lugard, E.J. [380], Kenya K000252962

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 43: 88 (1909)

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.

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Pax in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 43: 88 (1909).
  • S. Carter in Kew Bulletin 40: 813 (1985).

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