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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Ethiopia to N. Kenya.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Tufted succulent perennial with a thick fleshy root and main stem to 5 cm. high and 2 cm. in diameter, the apex just above ground-level; branches produced successively from the apical growing-point, erect then spreading, to 15 cm. long, usually shorter, 1 cm. thick, cylindrical, seldom rebranched, dark green with lighter longitudinal stripes and shallow teeth to 1.5 cm. apart in 5 longitudinal series.
Morphology General Spines
Spinescence greyish brown; spine-shields longitudinal, to 9 × 1.5 mm., decurrent to 8 mm.; spines single to 2 cm. long; prickles to 2.5 mm. long.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves deltoid, 1 × 1 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes solitary, 1-forked, with peduncle and cyme-branches 1 mm. long; bracts oblong, ± 1.75 × 1 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia ± 2 × 4 mm., with funnel-shaped involucres; glands transversely rectangular, ± 1 × 1.75 mm., contiguous, reddish; lobes subcircular, ± 1.25 mm. in diameter, deeply toothed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Male flowers:bracteoles few, fan-shaped, deeply dentate; stamens 3.5 mm. long. Female flower:ovary shortly pedicellate; styles 1.75 mm. long, joined at the base, with thickened rugose apices.
sex Male
Male flowers:bracteoles few, fan-shaped, deeply dentate; stamens 3.5 mm. long.
sex Female
Female flower:ovary shortly pedicellate; styles 1.75 mm. long, joined at the base, with thickened rugose apices.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule and seeds not seen.
Habitat
Gravelly slopes with sparse deciduous bushland; 650–900 m.
Distribution
K1

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Dwarf succulent perennial, with a fleshy root merging into a short stem to 5 cm high and 2 cm thick, with the apex just above ground level
Morphology Branches
Branches tufted, simple, radiating from the apical growing-point, to 15 cm long or rarely 30 cm, 1 cm thick, with shallow pointed teeth to 1.5 cm apart in 5 loosely spiral series, dark green with paler stripes between the teeth
Morphology General Spines
Spine-shields elongated, slender, 5–10 mm long; spines single, to 2 cm long; prickles 2–3 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes solitary, subsessile, 1-forked with subsessile cyathia
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Involucre
Cyathia 4 mm in diam.; glands 1.75 mm broad, touching, reddish
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary sessile; styles 1.75 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule and seeds not seen.
Distribution
S1, 3; NE Kenya (near the Ethiopian border), SE Ethiopia
Ecology
Altitude range 150–280 m.

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya

Euphorbia actinoclada S.Carter appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Gillett, J.B. [12631], Kenya 2612.000 holotype
Ash [1875], Ethiopia 35539.000
Bally, P.R.O. [9443], Somalia 4135.000
Gilbert, Ethiopia 43328.000
Friis, I. [2775 & 2776], Ethiopia 47980.000
Gillett, J.B. [12631], Kenya K000253034 holotype

First published in Hooker's Icon. Pl. 39: t. 3851 (1982)

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 Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 1, (1993) Author: by S. Carter [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • S. Carter in Hook., Ic. Pl. 39, t. 3851 (1982).

Flora of Somalia
Flora of Somalia
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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
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