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This species is accepted, and its native range is N. Zambia (Chishimba Falls).

[FZ]

Euphorbiaceae, S. Carter & L.C. Leach. Flora Zambesiaca 9:5. 2001

Morphology General Habit
Spiny succulent stout shrublet c. 30–90 cm high, sparingly branched from a main stem 2–2.5 cm in diameter at the base.
Morphology Branches
Branches sharply 4(5)-angled, 1–1.5 cm in diameter, blue-green, conspicuously darker striped along the angles; angles sinuate with tubercles c. 4 mm high and 10–12 mm apart along the margins.
Morphology General Spines
Spine shields 6–15 mm long, decurrent almost to the flowering eye below; spines 5–8 mm long; prickles to 1 mm long, c. 2 mm above the spines.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 1 × 1 mm, deltoid, deciduous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes solitary, simple, subsessile; cyme branches c. 1 mm long; bracts 1.25–1.75 × 1–1.5 mm, purplish.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia c. 3 × 4.5 mm, with funnel-shaped involucres; glands 0.75–1 × 2–2.5 mm, transversely oblong, touching, orange-red with darker margins; lobes c. 1.3 × 1 mm, broadly cuneate, bright maroon-red.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Male flowers 15, far exserted: bracteoles filiform, c. 2.5 mm long; stamens c. 5.25 mm long, anther cells bright maroon. Female flower: styles c. 2 mm long, free almost to the base, bright maroon with yellowish capitate stigmas.
sex Male
Male flowers 15, far exserted: bracteoles filiform, c. 2.5 mm long; stamens c. 5.25 mm long, anther cells bright maroon.
sex Female
Female flower: styles c. 2 mm long, free almost to the base, bright maroon with yellowish capitate stigmas.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule c. 3.5 × 4.5 mm, obtusely lobed, subsessile.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds c. 1.9 × 1.4 mm, ellipsoid, densely verrucose.

Native to:

Zambia

Euphorbia speciosa L.C.Leach appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Excelsa 15: 19 (1991 publ. 1992)

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.

Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca
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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/
© Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

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