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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Dwarf very densely tufted succulent perennial to 15 cm. high; root large, tuberous; stem much reduced, subterranean, with short underground branches producing secondary plants crowded together to form a domed ‘cushion’ 15–100 cm. in diameter; branches usually simple, to 12 cm. long, (2–)3-angled, 1–2.5 cm. wide; angles compressed and often spirally twisted, prominently toothed with the teeth irregularly spaced 0.5–2 cm. apart.
Morphology General Spines
Spine-shields oblong-triangular, to 2 mm. wide, extended to 4 mm. above the spines to enclose the flowering eye, shortly decurrent, or sometimes forming a continuous horny margin ± 1 mm. wide; spines to 9 mm. long; prickles absent or occasionally vestigial; flowering eye usually flanked by a pair of minute secondary spines.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves deltoid, ± 2 × 1.5 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes solitary, 1-forked with peduncles and cyme-branches 3–5 mm. long arranged in a vertical plane; bracts rounded, ± 2.5 × 4 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia ± 3 × 6 mm., with cup-shaped involucres, all parts yellow; glands transversely elliptic, ± 1.8 × 2.7 mm., contiguous; lobes transversely elliptic, ± 1 × 1.7 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Male flowers:bracteoles laciniate; stamens 5 mm. long. Female flower:styles 3.5 mm. long, joined for 1.5 mm., apices rugulose, deeply bifid.
sex Male
Male flowers:bracteoles laciniate; stamens 5 mm. long.
sex Female
Female flower:styles 3.5 mm. long, joined for 1.5 mm., apices rugulose, deeply bifid.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule sessile, obtusely 3-lobed, ± 7 × 8.5 mm., green flushed with purple.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds subglobose, 2.7 × 2.5 mm., grey-mottled, smooth.
Habitat
In rock crevices on exposed sloping usually swampy ground with free drainage; 1500–2000 m.
Distribution
K3 K4 K6 not known elsewhere

Native to:

Kenya

Euphorbia brevitorta P.R.O.Bally appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Nov 1, 1957 Bally, P.R.O. [B11475], Kenya K000237617 holotype
Leakey [E. 97], Kenya 2026.000
Hepper, F.N. [5105], Kenya 35964.000
Bally [E 162], Kenya 44035.000
Gardner, H.M. [E. 34] 5203.000
Vesey-Fitzgerald [207], Kenya 5204.000
Beentje, H.J. [1672], Kenya K000237618
Hepper, F.N. [5105], Kenya K000237619

First published in Fl. Pl. Africa 33: 1288 (1959)

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

  • A.D.Q. Agnew, Upland Kenya Wild Flowers p. 223 (1974).
  • Bally in Fl. Pl. S. Afr. 33, t. 1288 (1959).

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