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This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya, Uganda.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Erect or subscandent succulent shrub to 3.5 m. high; branches 4–5-angled, 1–2 cm. thick, slightly constricted at irregular intervals of 20–60 cm., uniformly green or indistinctly variegated; angles straight to shallowly toothed, with teeth 0.5–3 cm. apart.
Morphology General Spines
Spine-shields to 5 × 3 mm. above the spines, decurrent to shortly above the flowering eye below or forming a continuous horny margin 1–3 mm. wide on older branches; spines to 1 cm. long at the base of the plant, becoming progressively shorter above, to rudimentary or obsolete on upper branches (above ± 1.5 m. high); prickles rudimentary to 1 mm. long.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves deltoid, ± 1.5 × 1.5 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes solitary, 1-forked, with stout peduncles and cyme-branches 1–3 mm. long; bracts ± subquadrate, to 1.2 × 1.5 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia ± 2.5 × 5 mm., with cup-shaped involucres, all parts yellow, red-tinged or entirely red; glands transversely oblong, ± 1.3 × 2.8 mm., contiguous; lobes transversely elliptic, ± 1 × 1.5 mm.
sex Male
Male flowers:bracteoles fan-shaped, deeply laciniate, plumose; stamens 4 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flower:styles 1.8 mm. long, joined at the base, apices much thickened, rugose, often ± bifid. Male flowers:bracteoles fan-shaped, deeply laciniate, plumose; stamens 4 mm. long.
sex Female
Female flower:styles 1.8 mm. long, joined at the base, apices much thickened, rugose, often ± bifid.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule exserted on a reflexed pedicel to 6 mm. long, deeply 3-lobed, ± 3.5 × 6 mm., flushed red or dark red.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds subglobose, ± 2 mm. in diameter, buff with darker longitudinal streaks, shallowly tuberculate.

Native to:

Kenya, Uganda

Euphorbia heterospina S.Carter appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Kew Bull. 42: 389 (1987)

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 Kew Bulletin 42: 389 (1987).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0