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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tanzania to Malawi.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Glabrous perennial herb with a woody rootstock ± 1 cm. thick, producing numerous usually simple annual stems, erect to 30 cm.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves sessile, slightly fleshy, oblanceolate, to 2.5 × 1 cm., apex acute to ± obtuse, apiculate, margin entire.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes occasionally axillary, usually in terminal 3–7-branched umbels, with primary rays to 3 cm. long, forking ± 4 times; bracts sessile, often tinged purplish, ± deltoid, to 1.5 × 1.5 cm., base subcordate, apex obtuse to rounded, apiculate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia sessile, 3 × 3.5 mm., with cup-shaped involucres; glands 4, rarely 5 on cyathia developing all ♂ flowers, spreading, transversely oblong, 1.5 × 2–2.5 mm., outer margin entire to shallowly sinuate, with 2 minute horns, yellow-orange; involucral lobes rounded, 1 mm. long, apex shallowly 2-lobed, margin ciliate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Male flowers many:bracteoles ligulate, apices ciliate; stamens 4 mm. long. Female flower:styles 1.5 mm. long, joined at the base, spreading, bifid for 1/3.
sex Male
Male flowers many:bracteoles ligulate, apices ciliate; stamens 4 mm. long.
sex Female
Female flower:styles 1.5 mm. long, joined at the base, spreading, bifid for 1/3.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule exserted on a pedicel to 6 mm. long, 3-lobed, 4 × 4.5 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds ovoid, 3 × 2–4 mm., smooth, grey speckled with brown; caruncle cream, 0.5 mm. across.
Habitat
In grass amongst rocks and in dry sandy soil, usually appearing after burning; 1700–2700 m.
Distribution
T7

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Glabrous perennial herb; rootstock woody, c. 1 cm thick, producing numerous annual stems; stems usually unbranched, erect to 30 cm tall.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves sessile, slightly fleshy; lamina to 2.5 × 1 cm, oblanceolate, acute to ± obtuse at the apex, apiculate, with entire margins.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes occasionally axillary, usually in terminal 3–7-branched umbels, with primary rays to 3 cm long, each forking c. 4 times.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts sessile, yellowish-green, to 1.5 × 1.5 cm, deltoid, obtuse to rounded at the apex, apiculate, subcordate at the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia sessile, 3 × 3.5 mm, with cup-shaped involucres; glands 4, rarely 5 on those primary cyathia which develop all-male flowers, spreading, 1.5 × 2–2.5 mm, transversely oblong, outer margin entire to shallowly sinuate with 2 minute horns, golden-yellow; lobes rounded, 1 mm long with 2 shallow teeth at the apex, ciliate at the margin.
sex Male
Male flowers many: bracteoles ligulate, with ciliate apices; stamens 4 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flower: styles 1.5 mm long, joined at the base, with spreading apices bifid for one-third. Male flowers many: bracteoles ligulate, with ciliate apices; stamens 4 mm long.
sex Female
Female flower: styles 1.5 mm long, joined at the base, with spreading apices bifid for one-third.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule exserted on a pedicel to 6 mm long, 4 × 4.5 mm, conspicuously 3-lobed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 3 × 2–4 mm, ovoid, smooth, grey, speckled with brown; caruncle 0.5 mm across, cream-coloured.

Native to:

Malawi, Tanzania

Euphorbia daviesii E.A.Bruce appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jun 4, 1991 Bidgood, S. [2113], Tanzania K000283042
Jun 3, 1983 Wiehe, P.O. [212], Malawi K000283061
May 17, 1983 Richards, H.M. [22577], Malawi K000283059
May 17, 1983 Richards, H.M. [22584], Malawi K000283058
May 17, 1983 Staples, R.R. [171], Tanzania K000283048
May 17, 1983 Emson, U.B.B. [259], Tanzania K000283049
Jun 1, 1939 Hornby [33], Tanzania K000283047
Jun 1, 1939 Davies, R.M. [17], Tanzania K000283055 Unknown type material
Harder, D.K. [1493], Tanzania K000283051
Richards, H.M. [6688], Tanzania K000283052
Pawek, J. [3313], Malawi K000283056
Synge, A.H.M. [310], Malawi K000283060
Goldblatt, P. [8201], Tanzania K000283054
Pawek, J. [11806], Malawi K000283057
Richards, M. [18440], Tanzania K000283043
Richards, M. [7683], Tanzania K000283044
Richards, M. [18507], Tanzania K000283045
Leedal, G.P. [7210], Tanzania K000283050
Richards, H.M. [6687], Tanzania K000283053
Schlieben, H.-.J.E. [1157], Tanzania K000283046

First published in Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1940: 51 (1940)

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

  • E.A. Bruce in KB. 1940: 51 (1940).

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