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

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Spiny succulent dwarf perennial, densely branched from a thickened root.
Morphology Branches
Branches usually simple, erect to 17.5 cm tall or trailing to 25 cm long, 8 mm in diameter, obtusely (4)5–7(8)-angled; angles sinuate with tubercles 3–5 mm apart along the margins.
Morphology General Spines
Spine shields 2–3 × 1.5–2 mm, obovate; spines 2.5–6 mm long; prickles 1.5–3 mm long, slender, widely diverging to form an X with the spines.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 0.5 mm long, deltoid, soon deciduous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes solitary, simple; peduncles and cyme branches c. 2 mm long; bracts subquadrate, c. 1.25 mm long, dentate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia c. 2 × 3.5 mm with funnel-shaped involucres; glands transversely oblong to 0.6 × 2 mm, spreading, yellow, separate; lobes rounded, c. 1 × 1 mm, denticulate.
sex Male
Male flowers 10–12: bracteoles 2 mm long, laciniate; stamens 2.5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flower: styles 2 mm long, free almost to the base, spreading, apices capitate. Male flowers 10–12: bracteoles 2 mm long, laciniate; stamens 2.5 mm long.
sex Female
Female flower: styles 2 mm long, free almost to the base, spreading, apices capitate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule obtusely lobed, c. 2.5 × 4 mm, sessile.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds c. 1.75 × 1.5 mm, subglobose, densely verrucose, whitish, speckled.

Native to:

Tanzania, Zambia

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

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1992 Whellan, G.A. [2122], Zambia K000253140 isotype
Richards, H.M. [12908], Zambia 4107.000
Richards, H.M. [13637], Tanzania 6424.000

First published in J. S. African Bot. 33: 247 (1967)

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