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

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Spiny succulent shrub to 1.5 m high, branching densely from the base, sparingly branched above.
Morphology Branches
Branches spreading-ascending, 4(5)-angled, c. 1 cm in diameter, greyish-green with darker mottling along the angles; angles sinuate, with tubercles 8–15 mm apart along the margins.
Morphology General Spines
Spine shields 1–2 mm wide, obovate and decurrent to shortly above the flowering eye below, rarely forming a continuous margin, dark purplish-brown; spines needle-like, 5–7 mm long, spreading; prickles c. 2 mm above the spines, 1.5–2 mm long.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves c. 1.5 mm long, ovate, caducous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes solitary, simple; peduncle and cyme branches to c. 2 mm long; bracts c. 0.75 × 1 mm, ovate, denticulate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia 3 × 5–5.5 mm with funnel-shaped involucres; glands 2.25–3 mm wide, transversely oblong, touching, brownish-yellow with a purplish-red outer margin; lobes c. 0.75 × 0.74 mm, denticulate.
sex Male
Male flowers 10: bracteoles c. 2 mm long, fimbriate; stamens 3 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flower: styles 3.25–4 mm long, free nearly to the base, apices capitate to emarginate. Male flowers 10: bracteoles c. 2 mm long, fimbriate; stamens 3 mm long.
sex Female
Female flower: styles 3.25–4 mm long, free nearly to the base, apices capitate to emarginate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule to 3.5 × 4 mm, subglobose, dull green marked with purple, sessile.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds c. 1.5 mm in diameter, subglobose, verrucose, brownish.

Native to:

Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe

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

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Leach [5083F], Zimbabwe 10098.009 isotype
Leach [9513], Malawi 36365.000
Carter, S. [2190], Zimbabwe 54524.000
Leach, L.C. [5083], Zimbabwe K000253134 isotype

First published in J. S. African Bot. 30: 1 (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
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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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