Euphorbia acervata S. Carter

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Euphorbia acervata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Serpentine hills behind Valley of the Kings, Mutare

Euphorbia acervata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Serpentine hills behind Valley of the Kings, Mutare

Euphorbia acervata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Serpentine hills behind Valley of the Kings, Mutare

Euphorbia acervata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Serpentine hills behind Valley of the Kings, Mutare

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Status: Native
Description:
Spiny succulent dwarf shrublet with short stems forming 'cushions' of 30 cm high and 50 cm in diameter, occurring in serpentine grassland among rocks in open woodland. Differs from E. tortistyla in its more compact habit of small rounded 'cushions'.
Notes: Note: the specimen in the photographs appear to match Euphorbia acervata exactly. However, it was recorded from serpentine hills near Mutare. It may well be that the distribution of certain serpentine soil endemics extends this far but, as these hills are completely isolated from the great Dyke by over 300 km, further research into the status of these taxa is needed. See also Helichrysum serpentinicola.
Derivation of specific name: acervata: heaped, possibly referring to the cushion-like growth of the whole plant.
Habitat: Serpentine grassland among rocks in open woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1250 - 1700 m
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Worldwide distribution: Recorded from both northern and southern areas on the Great Dyke, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C
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Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Images last updated: Sunday 31 August 2008
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African Plant Database: Euphorbia acervata
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Euphorbia acervata
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Euphorbia acervata
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Euphorbia acervata
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Euphorbia acervata
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Euphorbia acervata
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Euphorbia acervata
Ispot Southern Africa : Euphorbia acervata
JSTOR Plant Science: Euphorbia acervata
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Euphorbia acervata
Tropicos: Euphorbia acervata
West African Plants database: Euphorbia acervata


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Euphorbia acervata.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=135750, retrieved 2 July 2016

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