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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Fibrous rooted succulent perennial, with stems shortly rhizomatous, decumbent and weakly erect to 45 cm. high, sparsely branching; stems and branches sharply 4-angled, 5–10 mm. thick, irregularly blotched with pale and darker green; angles with shallow teeth 1–1.5 cm. apart.
Morphology General Spines
Spinescence reddish brown becoming grey; spine-shields very slender, ± 2 mm. long above the spines, decurrent up to 10 mm. and halfway to 5 mm. above the flowering eye below; spines slender, to 12 mm. long; prickles rudimentary, to 0.5 mm. long.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves deltoid, ± 1.5 × 1.5 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes solitary, 1-forked, with cyme-branches ± 2 mm. long; bracts subquadrate, ± 1.25 × 1 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia ± 2.5 × 5 mm., with broadly funnel-shaped involucres; glands transversely rectangular, ± 1.5 × 3 mm., contiguous, ruby-red; lobes transversely elliptic, ± 1 × 1.5 mm.
sex Male
Male flowers:bracteoles ligulate, dentate; stamens 3.5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flower:styles 1.5 mm. long, free, apices thickened. Male flowers:bracteoles ligulate, dentate; stamens 3.5 mm. long.
sex Female
Female flower:styles 1.5 mm. long, free, apices thickened.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule shortly exserted on a pedicel 2 mm. long, obtusely 3-lobed, ± 2.5 × 3.5 mm., dark red.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds ovoid, 1.8 × 1.4 mm., pale greyish-brown, tuberculate-rugose.
Habitat
Shallow soils of rocky outcrops in the shade of Acacia-Commiphora bushland; 700–1000 m.
Distribution
K1 known only from a small area east of Moyale

Native to:

Kenya

Euphorbia gemmea P.R.O.Bally & S.Carter appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 31, 1980 Bally, P.R.O. [B&C16577], Kenya K000237753
Gillett, J.B. [12633], Kenya 2603.000
Lavranos [12228], Kenya 42286.000
Gillett, J.B. [12633], Kenya K000237754 holotype

First published in Hooker's Icon. Pl. 39: t. 3863 (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

  • Bally & S. Carter in Hook., Ic. Pl. 39, t. 3863 (1982).

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