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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Seedlings and young plants from ± 30 cm. high producing branches to 1 m. or more long which trail on the ground, take root and produce new plants, eventually forming dense stands of trees. Mature tree to 7 m. high; trunk simple or with a few short side-branches, to 15 cm. in diameter; bark pale grey marked with rings of ± 6 pit-scars resulting from fallen branches at intervals of ± 15 cm.; trunk terminating in a small rounded crown of loosely clustered radiating branches to 1.5 m. long, each with a few whorls of branchlets to ± 15 cm. long, seldom rebranching; terminal branchlets fleshy, 3(–4)-angled, 1–2 cm. wide, deeply winged, not noticeably constricted; angles distincdy sinuately toothed, with teeth ± 1 cm. apart.
Morphology General Spines
Spine-shields shortly triangular, 1 × 1.5 mm. above the spines, decurrent for 1–3 mm.; spines slender, 3–8 mm. long, black; prickles minute, triangular, sometimes obsolete.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves deltoid, ± 1 × 1 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes solitary, 1-forked, subsessile; bracts deltoid, ± 1.5 × 2 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia ± 2 × 4.5 mm., with cup-shaped involucres; glands transversely elliptic, ± 1.5 × 2 mm., greenish yellow, just touching with the inner margin slightly raised; lobes subcircular, ± 1 mm. in diameter.
sex Male
Male flowers:bracteoles spathulate, plumose; stamens 3.8 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flower:styles 1.5 mm. long, joined at the base, apices thickened, rugose, bifid. Male flowers:bracteoles spathulate, plumose; stamens 3.8 mm. long.
sex Female
Female flower:styles 1.5 mm. long, joined at the base, apices thickened, rugose, bifid.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule exserted on a reflexed pedicel to 6 mm. long, distinctly 3-lobed, ± 4.5 × 6.5 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds ovoid, 3 × 2.8 mm., grey and faintly mottled, smooth.
Habitat
Limestone outcrops with dense xerophytic bushland and forest remnants; 50–275 m.
Distribution
not known elsewhere K7

Native to:

Kenya

Euphorbia wakefieldii N.E.Br. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Sep 13, 1991 Robertson, S.A. [5818], Kenya K000237713
Brenan, J.P.M. [14651], Kenya K000237709
Lavranos, J. [s.n.], Kenya K000237707
Wakefield [583], Kenya K000237714 holotype
Bally, P.R.O. [B5780], Kenya K000237711
Mabberley, D.J. [716], Kenya K000237708
Lavranos, J. [As.n.], Kenya K000237706
Robertson, S.A. [4536B], Kenya K000237712
Butler, F.B. [21], Kenya K000237710

First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 6(1): 583 (1912)

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 in Candollea 21: 368 (1966).
  • Dale & Greenway, Kenya Trees and Shrubs p. 202 (1961).
  • N.E. Br. in Flora of Tropical Africa 6(1): 583 (1912).

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