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This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Zambia to Central Malawi.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Spiny succulent shrublet to 15 cm high, densely tufted from the base, sparingly branched above, forming loose cushions.
Morphology Branches
Branches suberect, acutely 4-angled, 6–10 mm in diameter, dull green, darker striped along the angles; angles sinuate with tubercles 2–2.5 mm high and c. 14 mm apart along the margins.
Morphology General Spines
Spine shields c. 9 × 1.5 mm, obovate, decurrent to ± halfway to the flowering eye below; spines 4–5 mm long, blackish; prickles 1–2(2.5) mm long, c. 2 mm above the spines.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 1 × 1 mm, deltoid, deciduous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes solitary, simple; peduncle and cyme branches c. 1.5 mm long; bracts c. 2 × 1–1.25 mm, oblong.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Cyathia
Cyathia c. 3 × 3.5–4 mm with funnel-shaped involucres; glands 2–2.5 × 1 mm, transversely elliptic, just touching, deep orange; lobes c. 1 × 1.5 mm, transversely elliptic.
sex Male
Male flowers 7–8, far exserted: bracteoles c. 2 mm long, laciniate; stamens c. 5 mm long, anther cells maroon.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flower: styles c. 3 mm long, united for 1 mm, spreading recurved with bifid tips. Male flowers 7–8, far exserted: bracteoles c. 2 mm long, laciniate; stamens c. 5 mm long, anther cells maroon.
sex Female
Female flower: styles c. 3 mm long, united for 1 mm, spreading recurved with bifid tips.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule c. 3.5 × 4.5 mm, obtusely lobed, sessile.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed c. 1.7–2.2 × 1.2–1.7 mm, ellipsoid, brownish, lightly verrucose.

Native to:

Malawi, Zambia

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

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Aug 4, 1998 Brummitt, R.K. [16081], Malawi K000315382
Aug 4, 1998 Brummitt, R.K. [14935], Malawi K000315381
Brummitt, R.K. [10254], Malawi K000315383
Leach, L.C. [14828], Malawi K000315385 isotype

First published in Excelsa 15: 21 (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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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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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