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

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Spiny succulent much branched shrub to c. 50 cm high.
Morphology Branches
Branches widely spreading, 5–7.5 mm in diameter, 4-angled, becoming subcylindric; angles sinuate to ± straight, with tubercles 10–20 mm apart along the margins.
Morphology General Spines
Spine shields 8–10(12) mm long, c. 1.5 mm wide at the apex, narrowing and decurrent below the spines; spines 4–6 mm long, widely spreading, needle-like; prickles c. 2 mm long, widely spreading.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves c. 2 × 1 mm, ovate-acuminate, caducous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes solitary, simple; peduncles to 2 mm long; cyme branches to 4 mm long; bracts 1.25–2 × 1–1.25 mm, broadly ovate to oblong.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia c. 3 × 4.5 mm, with funnel-shaped involucres; glands 1 × 2–2.5 mm, transversely oblong, pale greenish-yellow with a narrow reddish outer margin; lobes c. 1.5 × 1.5 mm, obovate, deeply fimbriate.
sex Male
Male flowers 10: bracteoles c. 2.5 mm long, spathulate, laciniate; stamens 5.5 mm long, far exserted, anther locules reddish.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flower: styles c. 3.5 mm long, spreading, free almost to the base, pale pink, apices minutely bifid. Male flowers 10: bracteoles c. 2.5 mm long, spathulate, laciniate; stamens 5.5 mm long, far exserted, anther locules reddish.
sex Female
Female flower: styles c. 3.5 mm long, spreading, free almost to the base, pale pink, apices minutely bifid.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule c. 3.5 × 5 mm, obtusely lobed, scarcely exserted on a fleshy pedicel 1.5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds c. 2 × 1.5 mm, ± ovoid, pale buff with dense, small, pale warts.

Native to:

Zimbabwe

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

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Dale, M. [65], Zimbabwe K000253135 isotype

First published in Kirkia 10: 394 (1977)

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/
© Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

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