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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
Shortly rhizomatous succulent perennial erect to 15 cm. high; rhizomes tuberous; stems very sparsely branched, 4-angled, ± 6 mm. thick, pale greyish green obscurely blotched with darker green; angles straight, without teeth.
Morphology General Spines
Spinescence brown; spine-shields exceedingly slender, to 11 mm. long, not extended above the spines, decurrent to just above the flowering eye below; spines very fine, to 2 mm. long; prickles immediately above the spines, rudimentary.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves ovate, ± 1.5 × 0.75 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes solitary, 1-forked with peduncle to 3.5 mm. long and cyme-branches to 5 mm. long; bracts ovate, ± 1.25 × 1 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia ± 4 × 3.75 mm., with narrowly funnel-shaped involucres; glands rounded, ± 1.25 × 1.5 mm., quite separate, yellow; lobes rounded, ± 0.75 × 0.75 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Male flowers very few:bracteoles laciniate; stamens far exserted, 6 mm. long, red. Female flower:styles slender, 5 mm. long, joined at the base, the apices scarcely thickened.
sex Male
Male flowers very few:bracteoles laciniate; stamens far exserted, 6 mm. long, red.
sex Female
Female flower:styles slender, 5 mm. long, joined at the base, the apices scarcely thickened.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule subsessile, obtusely 3-lobed, ± 3 × 4 mm., reddish.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds subglobose, 2 × 1.8 mm., brown, minutely and shallowly tuberculate.
Habitat
In depressions of rocky outcrop; 1500 m.
Distribution
T4 known only from these two collections

Native to:

Tanzania

Euphorbia asthenacantha S.Carter appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Classen [106], Tanzania 42285.000
Tanzania 44059.000 holotype
Hooper [1957B], Tanzania K000253022 holotype

First published in Hooker's Icon. Pl. 39: t. 3865 (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 Tropical East Africa

  • S. Carter in Hook., Ic. Pl. 39, t. 3865 (1982).

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