Euphorbia eylesii Rendle

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Synonyms: Chamaesyce eylesii (Rendle) Koutnik
Euphorbia leshumensis N.E. Br.
Euphorbia neopolycnemoides sensu Merxm.
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Status: Native
Laxly branched erect annual herb, up to c. 50 cm tall. Branches pinkish red, hairless. Leaves opposite, linear, up to 4 cm long, hairless; margin entire. Flowers terminal and axillary, solitary, with 4 white or pink, petal-like appendages. Capsule deeply 3-lobed, c. 2 mm in diameter, hairless, exserted on a reflexed pedicel.
Notes: Note: Very similar to E. neopolycnemoides, from which it differs by its general larger petal-like appendages, entire stipules and distinctly clavate stigmas.
Derivation of specific name: eylesii: named after Frederick Eyles (1864 - 1937)
Habitat: Occurring in deciduous woodland, on Kalahari sand.
Altitude range: (metres) 300 - 1250 m
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Worldwide distribution: Botswana, northern Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W
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Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 56. as Chamaesyce eylesii

Shone, D.K. & Drummond, R.B. (1965). Poisonous Plants of Rhodesia Ministry of Agriculture, Rhodesia Page 59.


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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 eylesii., retrieved 28 June 2016

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