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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Sturdy much-branched succulent shrub erect to 2.5 m. high; branches 4–5(–6)-angled, to 2–3 cm. thick, uniformly green or sometimes faintly variegated with darker blotches around the spine-shields, ± constricted at intervals of 10–20 cm.; angles straight to sinuately toothed, with teeth 1–2 cm. apart.
Morphology General Spines
Spine-shields to 5 × 3 mm. above the spines and forming a continuous horny margin along the angles ± 3 mm. wide; spines stout, to 1 cm. long, reduced to 2–3 mm. long on the uppermost branches of taller plants; prickles rudimentary to 1 mm. long.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves deltoid, ± 2 × 1.5 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes solitary, 1-forked, subsessile, with stout cyme-branches ± 1 mm. long; bracts deltoid, ± 1.5 × 1.5 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia ± 2.5 × 5 mm., with cup-shaped involucres, all parts eventually dark red; glands transversely oblong, ± 1.3 × 2.8 mm., contiguous, yellowish red quickly becoming crimson; lobes transversely elliptic, ± 1.2 × 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, slightly 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, slightly bifid.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule exserted on a reflexed pedicel ± 5 mm. long, deeply 3-lobed, ± 3.5 × 5.5 mm., reddish black.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds subglobose, ± 2 mm. in diameter, buff, shallowly and closely tuberculate.
Habitat
Stony soil, usually on rocky slopes, with open deciduous bushland; 900–1760 m.
Distribution
K1 K4 K7 not known elsewhere

Native to:

Kenya

Euphorbia atroflora S.Carter appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
May 29, 1997 Brown, K. [149], Kenya K000237601
Sep 9, 1985 Newbould, J.B. [3456], Kenya K000237603
Sep 9, 1985 Gilbert, M.G. [5469], Kenya K000237606
Sep 9, 1985 Adamson, J. [70], Kenya K000237608
Sep 9, 1985 Gilbert, M.G. [5665], Kenya K000237609
Sep 9, 1985 H [6873], Kenya K000237602
Sep 9, 1985 H [7216], Kenya K000237731
Sep 9, 1985 Newbould, J.B. [3457], Kenya K000237604
Sep 9, 1985 Robertson, S.A. [1709], Kenya K000237605
Sep 9, 1985 Bally, P.R.O. [B11496], Kenya K000237600
Gilbert, M.G. [5630], Kenya K000237610 holotype

First published in Kew Bull. 42: 393 (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: 393 (1987).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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