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

[FZ]

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

Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flower: perianth 3-lobed, c. 2 mm in diameter; styles c. 2.5 mm long, spreading, recurved with bifid apices. Male flowers 20–25(45): bracteoles c. 3 mm long, fimbriate; pedicels and filaments each c. 2.5 mm long.
sex Female
Female flower: perianth 3-lobed, c. 2 mm in diameter; styles c. 2.5 mm long, spreading, recurved with bifid apices.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule to 4 × 7 mm, obtusely lobed, subtruncate, exserted on a recurved pedicel c. 7 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds c. 2.5 × 2 mm, subglobose, smooth, pale brown with irregular blotches.
Morphology General Habit
Stout succulent spiny shrub to 2 m or small tree to 3.5 m high.
Morphology Branches
Branches whorled, spreading-ascending, rebranching, acutely 4–5-angled, 2–5 cm in diameter, constricted into segments to 40 cm long; angles sinuate, with tubercles 1–2 cm apart along the margins.
Morphology General Spines
Spine shields joined in a whitish horny margin 0.5–2 mm wide; spines 3–7(15) mm long, diverging; prickles minute.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves c. 6–10 × 1.6–2.5 cm, narrowly obovate, subsessile, persistent for several months.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes solitary, 1–2-forked, peduncle and cyme branches c. 3 mm long; bracts c. 3 mm long, ovate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia with involucres 3.5–4 × 5–6 mm, funnel-shaped; glands 2–3 mm wide, transversely elliptic, greenish-yellow; lobes c. 2.25 mm long, broadly elliptic, fimbriate.
sex Male
Male flowers 20–25(45): bracteoles c. 3 mm long, fimbriate; pedicels and filaments each c. 2.5 mm long.

Native to:

Zambia, Zimbabwe

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

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Zambia 27756.000
Leach, L.C. [9383], Zambia K000253112 isotype
Leach, L.C. [9383], Zambia K000253111

First published in J. S. African Bot. 31: 251 (1965)

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