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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Small tree or few-stemmed shrub to 3.5 m. high, sparsely branched, with flaking shiny yellowish brown papery bark; branches eventually pendulous, 7–15 mm. thick, with groups of 3 slender spines below the leaf-scars in 3–5 longitudinal series, the central spine to 18 mm. long, the lateral ones (modified stipules) to 10 mm. long.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves glabrous ± fleshy, spathulate, to ± 4 × 3 cm., tapering abruptly below the middle, apex rounded, margin toothed and undulate, midrib sharply keeled and prominently toothed on the lower surface.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes on peduncles to 3.5 cm. long, longitudinally ridged, with a pair of slender spines ± 5 mm. long at the apex, 2–3-forked, with cyme-branches 5–10 mm. long; bract-cup a little longer than the involucre, ± 9 × 10 mm., notched almost to the base between obtuse apiculate apices and ± prominent midribs, minutely pubescent towards the base, greenish white.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia ± 8 × 4.5 mm., with barrel-shaped involucres, minutely pubescent; glandular rim 5.5 mm. high, pubescent on the inner surface, glabrous on the outer, white edged with red; lobes ± 5 × 2 mm., deeply divided into 5–7 segments, pubescent below.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Male flowers:bracteoles very few, laciniate, plumose; stamens 6.5 mm. long. Female flower:styles 5 mm. long, pubescent, joined at the base, erect with thickened rugulose deeply bifid spreading apices; ovary pubescent, exserted on a reflexed glabrous pedicel.
sex Male
Male flowers:bracteoles very few, laciniate, plumose; stamens 6.5 mm. long.
sex Female
Female flower:styles 5 mm. long, pubescent, joined at the base, erect with thickened rugulose deeply bifid spreading apices; ovary pubescent, exserted on a reflexed glabrous pedicel.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule and seeds not seen.
Habitat
Sandy soils and rocky slopes with dry mixed deciduous woodland; 650–875 m.
Distribution
T5 T6 T7 known only from near the Great Ruaha R. Gorge

Native to:

Tanzania

Euphorbia biselegans Bruyns appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
May 29, 1986 Bally [B14251], Tanzania Monadenium elegans K000453000
Feb 1, 1974 Bally, P.R.O. [16429], Tanzania Monadenium elegans K000452999
Tanzania Monadenium elegans 50632.000
Bidgood, S. [921], Tanzania Monadenium elegans 53286.000
Polhill, R. [1319], Tanzania Monadenium elegans 5546.000
Carter [2274], Tanzania Monadenium elegans 56204.000
Polhill, R.M. [1319], Tanzania Monadenium elegans K000253469 holotype
Carter [2274], Tanzania Monadenium elegans K000452998
Bidgood, S.C. [921], Tanzania Monadenium elegans K000453153

First published in Taxon 55: 412 (2006)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R.H.A. (2011). World checklist of selected plant families published update Facilitated by the Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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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/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0