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This species is accepted, and its native range is N. 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 1–2 woody underground stems from a tuberous rootstock; rootstock 3–4 cm in diameter, subspherical; stems c. 7 cm long, branching at ground level; branches several, rebranching only at the base, shortly erect to 15 cm high or decumbent to 35 cm long, pubescent.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves spreading to reflexed, with a pubescent petiole 1–2 mm long; stipules glandular, minute; lamina to 23 × 5 mm and lanceolate on sterile branches, or to 30 × 10 mm and ovate-lanceolate on flowering branches, acute at the apex, rounded at the base, very narrowly cartilaginous and serrulate at the margin, usually revolute, glabrous except for a few hairs at the base, midrib prominent beneath.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes in terminal 3–5-branched umbels with rays to 6 cm long, not forking, or cyathia occasionally solitary.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts 4 or 5, subsessile, to 25 × 15 mm, ovate, apex acute, base subcordate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia sessile, c. 4 × 7 mm, with funnel-shaped pubescent involucres; glands 5, spreading, c. 3.5 × 1.8 mm, transversely elliptic with obscurely crenulate margins; lobes 2 × 2 mm, rounded, finely toothed at the margin with the central tooth extended to 1 mm long, ciliate.
sex Male
Male flowers: bracteoles fan-shaped, deeply laciniate; stamens 5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flower: ovary densely pubescent; styles 2.5 mm long, joined to halfway, with spreading bifid apices. Male flowers: bracteoles fan-shaped, deeply laciniate; stamens 5 mm long.
sex Female
Female flower: ovary densely pubescent; styles 2.5 mm long, joined to halfway, with spreading bifid apices.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule scarcely exserted on a pubescent pedicel c. 3 mm long, 7 × 8 mm, subspherical, densely papillose-pubescent, purplish-brown.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 4 × 2.8 mm, ovoid-oblong, with obtuse apex, smooth, purplish-brown.

Native to:

Zambia

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

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Richards, H.M. [13772], Zambia 37676.000
Zambia 38037.000
Drummond, R.B. [10.066], Zambia K000253079 isotype

First published in Bull. Jard. Bot. Natl. Belg. 45: 206 (1975)

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/
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