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This species is accepted, and its native range is Malawi (Mt. Mulanje) to W. Central Mozambique.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Succulent spiny shrub to c. 1 m high.
Morphology Stem
Stem stout, to 10 cm in diameter, very short or often to 50 cm high, with a crown of ascending branches.
Morphology Branches
Branches to 60 cm long, c. 3 cm in diameter, 3–5(6)-angled, sometimes slightly constricted into 2–3 segments; angles ± winged with wings c. 1 cm wide, c. 2 mm thick, sinuate, with tubercles 6–12 mm apart along the margins.
Morphology General Spines
Spine shields separate at first, becoming joined with age into a horny margin 1–1.5 mm wide; spines 4–5 mm long, widely diverging; prickles rudimentary.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 3–4 × 1 mm, ovate, deciduous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes solitary, simple, subsessile; bracts c. 1.5 × 1.5 mm, scale-like.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia c. 2.5 × 4–4.5 mm, with cup-shaped involucres; glands to 2 × 0.75 mm, transversely oblong, touching, yellow; lobes c. 1.4 × 1.6 mm, obovate, denticulate.
sex Male
Male flowers c. 15: bracteoles filiform, c. 2.5 mm long; stamens c. 4 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flower: styles c. 2.25 mm long, joined to halfway, with spreading bifid apices. Male flowers c. 15: bracteoles filiform, c. 2.5 mm long; stamens c. 4 mm long.
sex Female
Female flower: styles c. 2.25 mm long, joined to halfway, with spreading bifid apices.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 3 × 7 mm, acutely lobed, base truncate, exserted on a recurved pedicel to 8 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds c. 2 × 2.25 mm, subglobose, brown, smooth.

Native to:

Malawi, Mozambique

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

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Mar 4, 1998 Brummitt, R.K. [15118], Malawi K000048520
Mar 4, 1998 Brummitt, R.K. [15118], Malawi K000048521
Jan 1, 1992 Chapman, J.D. [8306], Malawi K000048524
Jan 1, 1991 Chapman, J.D. [5521], Malawi K000048525
Jan 1, 1991 Pawek, J. [3900], Malawi K000048523
Sep 20, 1974 Beasley, A. [s.n.], Malawi K000048522
Mar 26, 1972 Leach, L.C. [14805A], Malawi K000048528
Mar 26, 1972 Leach, L.C. [14823A], Malawi K000048526
Mar 26, 1972 Leach, L.C. [14823], Malawi K000048527
Mar 26, 1972 Royle, J. [14805B], Malawi K000048529
Mar 26, 1972 Leach, L.C. [14805], Malawi K000048530 isotype
Chapman, J.D. [5521], Malawi 45082.000

First published in J. S. African Bot. 39: 3 (1973)

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.
  • Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mt. Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34: 1-199.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mt. Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34: 1-199.

Flora Zambesiaca
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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/
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