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

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb, with numerous annual stems from a woody rootstock; rootstock vertical c. 13 mm thick, cylindrical; stems clustered, slender, erect to c. 1 m high, woody at the base, glabrous below, shortly pubescent at the apex and around the leaf bases.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves sessile; stipules glandular, purple, in dense clusters of minute knobs; lamina to 50 × 1.5 mm, linear, mucronate at the apex, cuneate at the base, revolute at the margin, very sparsely puberulous, more densely so at the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes terminal, consisting of a central cyathium and 1–3 lateral cyathia, with rays 3 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts sessile, to 4 × 2 mm, spathulate with emarginate and mucronate apices, puberulous, pink.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia subsessile, c. 4 × 4 mm, with barrel-shaped involucres, pubescent; glands 5, erect, 2 mm wide, 2-lipped, the inner lip triangular, pubescent, the outer lip subquadrate, 2 mm long with upper margin recurved, crimson; lobes rounded, pubescent.
sex Male
Male flowers: bracteoles fan-shaped, deeply laciniate, feathery; stamens 5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flower: ovary puberulous; styles 2.5 mm long, pubescent at the base, joined for 2 mm, with spreading bifid apices. Male flowers: bracteoles fan-shaped, deeply laciniate, feathery; stamens 5 mm long.
sex Female
Female flower: ovary puberulous; styles 2.5 mm long, pubescent at the base, joined for 2 mm, with spreading bifid apices.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule just exserted, not seen entire but probably c. 5 × 5 mm, thinly pubescent; pedicel pubescent, 4.5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 4.3 × 3.5 mm, ovoid, surface densely covered with tiny warts, especially prominent towards the apex, black at the base, yellowish at the apex.

Native to:

Zambia

Euphorbia erythrocephala P.R.O.Bally & Milne-Redh. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Milne-Redhead, E. [4607], Zambia 2042.000
Milne- Redhead, E. [4607], Zambia K000253078 holotype

First published in Hooker's Icon. Pl. 35: t. 3480 (1951)

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