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

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Type
N3, “Al Miskat Mts.”, between “Toh” and “Bahaya”, Thulin & Warfa 6098 (K holo., MOG UPS iso.)
Morphology General Habit
Compact densely branched shrub 0.5–1 m high
Morphology Branches
Branches succulent, green, c. 5 mm thick, marked with callose leaf-scars
Morphology Leaves
Leaves sessile, ovate-lanceolate, 8–12 x 3–4 mm, quickly deciduous; stipules absent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes in terminal 2–3-branched umbels, with rays c. 5 mm long, or reduced to a solitary subsessile cyathium; bracts ovate, 8 x 7 mm, yellow, conspicuous, persistent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Involucre
Cyathia 6.5 mm in diam.; glands 4, 2.5 mm broad, irregularly crescent-shaped, yellow
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracteoles
Bracteoles feathery, white
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary glabrous, pedicellate; styles 5 mm long, joined for 2 mm with distinctly bifid apices
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule and seeds not seen.
Distribution
N3 not known elsewhere.
Ecology
Altitude range 1000–1300 m.
Vernacular
Ciin (Somali)
Note
When in bloom, shrubs are attractive to butterflies, hence the specific epithet.

Native to:

Somalia

Euphorbia papilionum S.Carter appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Thulin, M. [6098], Somalia K000252927 holotype

First published in Nordic J. Bot. 12: 677 (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.

Literature

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 1, (1993) Author: by S. Carter [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Somalia
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