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

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Spiny succulent sparsely branched untidy shrub, c. 1 m high.
Morphology Branches
Branches spreading, sometimes scrambling, usually bent and often twisted, (4)5(7–11)-angled, sometimes constricted into segments to 30 cm long, 2.5–3 cm in diameter; angles acute, with prominent tubercles 8–20 mm apart along the margins.
Morphology General Spines
Spine shields 4–9 × 3 mm, obovate, separate; spines 3–10 mm long, narrowly divergent, carmine when young becoming grey; prickles 1–3 mm long.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves sessile, fleshy, 8–22 × 7–12 mm, ovate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes solitary, simple, subsessile; branches 1–1.5 mm long; bracts 1.5 × 1.5 mm, subquadrate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia c. 3.5 × 5 mm, with obconic involucres; glands spreading, transversely oblong, 2.5 mm wide, touching, greenish-yellow, outer margin pinkish; lobes c. 1 × 1.25 mm, transversely elliptic, fimbriate, pale green, speckled red.
sex Male
Male flowers: fascicular bracts broadly flabellate, fimbriate, and bracteoles narrow, c. 3 mm long, laciniate; stamens c. 4.5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flower: styles to 2 mm long, free to the base, spreading recurved, stigmas capitate. Male flowers: fascicular bracts broadly flabellate, fimbriate, and bracteoles narrow, c. 3 mm long, laciniate; stamens c. 4.5 mm long.
sex Female
Female flower: styles to 2 mm long, free to the base, spreading recurved, stigmas capitate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule red-brown, c. 3.5 × 4 mm, subglobose, pedicel 1 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed ellipsoid, 2.5 × 1.75 mm, verrucose.

Native to:

Mozambique

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

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Leach [10889], Mozambique K000253131 isotype

First published in Kirkia 4: 17 (1964)

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