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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Perennial shrub, with a fleshy tuberous root to 30 cm. long, producing numerous erect woody stems and branches to 1 m. high, puberulous when young.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves sessile, oblanceolate, to 25 × 6 mm., base cuneate, apex rounded to minutely apiculate, lamina glabrous except for a few hairs at the base; glandular stipules minute, pointed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes axillary, reduced to a solitary subsessile cyathium surrounded by several pubescent obovate bracts ± 3 × 2 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia ± 3 × 5 mm., with pubescent cup-shaped involucres; glands 5, the sides inrolled to form an erect tube open on the inner side, transversely elliptic, ± 1.5 × 2 mm. when opened out; lobes transversely rectangular, ± 1.3 × 2 mm., margin fringed.
sex Male
Male flowers many:bracteoles deeply laciniate and feathery; stamens 4 mm. long, with pedicels pubescent at the apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flower:ovary subsessile, densely pubescent; styles 1.5 mm. long, joined to ± halfway, with spreading thickened rugulose apices. Male flowers many:bracteoles deeply laciniate and feathery; stamens 4 mm. long, with pedicels pubescent at the apex.
sex Female
Female flower:ovary subsessile, densely pubescent; styles 1.5 mm. long, joined to ± halfway, with spreading thickened rugulose apices.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule obtusely 3-lobed, pubescent, ± 4 × 5.5 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds globose, 2.5 mm. in diameter, smooth, grey.
Habitat
In grassland and bushland near the coast; 20–100 m.
Distribution
not recorded from elsewhere but possibly occurring in T3, Tanga District K7

Doubtfully present in:

Tanzania

Native to:

Kenya

Euphorbia kaessneri Pax appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Dec 1, 1990 Luke, W.R.Q. [2562], Kenya K000238140
Aug 15, 1985 Bally [B16758], Kenya K000238143
Aug 13, 1985 Townsend, C.C. [1111], Kenya K000238146
Aug 13, 1985 Verdcourt, B. [1933], Kenya K000238148
Aug 13, 1985 Drummond, R.B. [3742], Kenya K000238149
Aug 13, 1985 Adams, B.R. [90], Kenya K000238145
Feb 17, 1984 Lavranos, J. [12269], Kenya K000238147
Feb 2, 1984 Gilbert, M.G. [1684], Kenya K000238142
Luke, P.A. [4317], Kenya K000238144

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 43: 86 (1909)

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

  • Pax in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 43: 86 (1909).

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