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This species is accepted, and its native range is Zimbabwe to Northern Prov.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Succulent spiny tree to 4.5–8(9.5) m tall.
Morphology Trunk
Trunk simple or with 1–several main branches, each with a crown of curved ascending branches.
Morphology Branches
Branches 1–1.5 m long, 3–5-angled, constricted into slender ± parallel-sided segments 5–20 × 2.5–5 cm; angles prominent, 5 mm thick, shallowly sinuate, with tubercles 1–2 cm apart along the margins.
Morphology General Spines
Spine shields separate when young, later joined to form a horny margin 2–3 mm wide on the angles, blackish; spines 0.5–12 mm long.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 1 × 1 mm, deltoid, deciduous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes 1–3 in a horizontal line 2–5 mm above the spines, simple, with lateral cyathia vertically arranged; peduncles to 2 mm long, cyme branches to 3 mm long; bracts subquadrate, scale-like.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia 4.5 × 6.5 mm with cup-shaped involucres; glands transversely oblong, 2–2.5 mm wide, greenish-yellow; lobes 1.5 × 1.5 mm, rounded, deeply toothed.
sex Male
Male flowers: bracteoles 3 mm long, laciniate; stamens 4–5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flower: perianth triangular, 3 mm in diameter; styles 1.5–3 mm long, joined to halfway, apices bifid. Male flowers: bracteoles 3 mm long, laciniate; stamens 4–5 mm long.
sex Female
Female flower: perianth triangular, 3 mm in diameter; styles 1.5–3 mm long, joined to halfway, apices bifid.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule deeply lobed, 5 × 8 mm, exserted on a recurved pedicel 5–8 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds c. 2.5 × 2.25 mm, ovoid, brown, smooth.

Native to:

Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Zimbabwe

Euphorbia confinalis R.A.Dyer appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Carter, S. [2215], Zimbabwe 55856.000
Codd, L.E. [3026], South Africa K000253394 Unknown type material
Codd, L.E. [5580], South Africa K000253393 Unknown type material

First published in Bothalia 6: 222 (1951)

Accepted by

  • Bruyns, P.V. (2012). Nomenclature and typification of southern African species of Euphorbia Bothalia 42: 217-245.
  • Calane da Silva, M., Izdine, S. & Amuse, A.B. (2004). A Preliminary Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Mozambique: 1-184. SABONET, Pretoria.
  • 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.

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