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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Fibrous rooted succulent perennial, with numerous semi-prostrate and stoloniferous stems to 45 cm. long, sparsely branching; stems and branches sharply 4-angled, 5–8 mm. thick, dark green irregularly blotched with dark purplish green; angles with shallow teeth to 1.3 cm. apart.
Morphology General Spines
Spinescence black; spine-shields slender, 1.5–3 mm. long above the spines, decurrent to 10 mm. and to just above or touching the flowering eye below, often forming a continuous horny margin; spines slender to 10 mm. long; prickles 0.5–2.5 mm. long.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves deltoid, 1.5 mm. long, purplish.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes solitary, simple and bisexual or 1-forked, subsessile, all parts deep crimson; bracts subquadrate ± 1.5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia ± 2.5 × 6.5 mm., with broadly funnel-shaped involucres; glands transversely rectangular, ± 1.5 × 3 mm., contiguous; lobes transversely elliptic, 1.5 × 2.5 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Male flowers:bracteoles spathulate, dentate; stamens 3 mm. long. Female flower:styles 2.5 mm. long, joined at the base, apices thickened, rugulose.
sex Male
Male flowers:bracteoles spathulate, dentate; stamens 3 mm. long.
sex Female
Female flower:styles 2.5 mm. long, joined at the base, apices thickened, rugulose.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule sessile, obtusely 3-lobed, ± 3 × 4 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds subglobose, 2 × 1.75 mm., brownish grey, surface shallowly tuberculate.
Habitat
Exposed places in rocky clefts with very shallow soil; 1200 m.
Distribution
K4 known only from near Kangondi, Nzukini and Yatta Hill

Native to:

Kenya

Euphorbia saxorum P.R.O.Bally & S.Carter appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Apr 19, 1989 Beentje, H.J. [3351], Kenya K000237775
Nov 1, 1961 Napper, D.M. [1658], Kenya K000237774
Nov 1, 1961 Bally, P.R.O. [B8383], Kenya K000237777 holotype
Classen [9], Kenya 5537.000
Hardy, (Mrs) [EN41559], Kenya K000237776

First published in Kew Bull. 29: 510 (1974)

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

  • Bally & S. Carter in Kew Bulletin 29: 510 (1974), excl. Gillett 12633 (as 13633).

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