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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Succulent perennial with stems densely tufted, procumbent usually to one side, sparsely branched, to 30 cm. long and 8 mm. thick, subcylindrical, green strongly variegated with yellow-green; branches with shallow teeth to 1.5 cm. apart in 4 longitudinal series.
Morphology General Spines
Spinescence brownish grey; spine-shields elongated to 1 cm., divergent above the spines into 2 arms to 2.5 mm. long, decurrent to 8 mm.; spines slender, to 18 mm. long; prickles to 2 mm. long.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves deltoid, ± 1 × 1 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes 1–2 in a vertical line, 1-forked, subsessile, all parts minutely papillose; bracts subquadrate, ± 1 × 1 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia ± 2 × 4 mm., with funnel-shaped involucres; glands spreading, transversely rectangular, ± 1 × 1.75 mm., contiguous, yellow; lobes subcircular, ± 1 mm. in diameter.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Male flowers:bracteoles spathulate, dentate; stamens 3.2 mm. long. Female flower:ovary subsessile; styles 1.8 mm. long, joined at the base, apices thickened, rugulose.
sex Male
Male flowers:bracteoles spathulate, dentate; stamens 3.2 mm. long.
sex Female
Female flower:ovary subsessile; styles 1.8 mm. long, joined at the base, apices thickened, rugulose.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 3-lobed, sessile, ± 3 × 4 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds ovoid, 2.2 × 1.5 mm., minutely tuberculate.
Habitat
In rocky soils amongst grass and low open bushland; ± 1200 m.
Distribution
apparently restricted to the Marsabit massif K1

Native to:

Kenya

Euphorbia marsabitensis S.Carter appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Nov 3, 1981 Bally [B12567], Kenya K000237758
Bally, P.R.O. [12567] 36607.000
Brandham [2423], Kenya 44501.000 holotype
Carter, S. [651], Kenya K000237757 holotype

First published in Hooker's Icon. Pl. 39: t. 3857 (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. 3857 (1982). Kenya, Northern Frontier Province, Marsabit, Carter & Stannard 651 (K, holo.!, EA, iso.!).

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