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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Sturdy succulent shrub with numerous branches spreading upwards from the base, sparsely rebranched above to 1.5(–2) m. high; branches (4–)5–6(–8)-angled, to 4 cm. thick, ± constricted at intervals of 10–30 cm., usually green-variegated with darker markings around the teeth; angles usually distinctly toothed, with teeth to 1.8 cm. apart.
Morphology General Spines
Spine-shields to 3 × 4 mm. above the spines, forming a continuous horny margin 2–4 mm. wide; spines very strong, often somewhat variable in length, to 1.5 cm. long, shorter at the constrictions but rarely reduced to 1–2 mm. long on branches above 1.5 m. high; prickles rudimentary.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves deltoid, 2 × 1.5 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes solitary, 1-forked, with peduncle and cyme-branches ± 1.5 mm. long; bracts subquadrate, ± 1.25 × 1 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia ± 2.5 × 4.5 mm., with cup-shaped involucres, golden-yellow; glands transversely oblong, ± 1.25 × 2.5 mm., contiguous, orange-yellow, rarely reddish; lobes transversely elliptic, ± 1 × 1.5 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Male flowers:bracteoles fan-shaped, deeply laciniate; stamens 3.75 mm. long. Female flower:styles 1.5 mm. long, joined at the base, apices much thickened, rugose.
sex Male
Male flowers:bracteoles fan-shaped, deeply laciniate; stamens 3.75 mm. long.
sex Female
Female flower:styles 1.5 mm. long, joined at the base, apices much thickened, rugose.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule exserted on a reflexed pedicel to 5 mm. long, obtusely 3-lobed, ± 3.5 × 5.5 m., rosy red.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds ovoid, 2.25 × 1.75 mm., grey, minutely tuberculate.
Habitat
Rocky ground, often on lava, with very open Acacia-Commiphora bushland; 400–1500 m.
Distribution
K1 K2 U1

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda

Euphorbia tescorum S.Carter appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Feb 19, 1985 Gillett, J.B. [13613], Kenya 2065.000
Adamson, J., Kenya 15761.000
Gillett, J.B. [15129], Kenya 2068.000
Gillett, J.B. [13778], Kenya 2069.000
Bally, P.R.O. [B14858], Kenya 34774.000
Kenya 45471.000
Carter, S. [219], Kenya 45502.000 holotype
Hale [127], Kenya 45611.000
Bally [B 12826], Kenya 48717.000
Bally, P.R.O. [E.301A A] 8130.000
Carter, S. [219], Kenya K000253013 holotype

First published in Hooker's Icon. Pl. 39: t. 3873 (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. 3873 (1982).

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