Euphorbia halipedicola L.C. Leach

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Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.

Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.

Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.

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Synonyms:
Common names: Zigzag euphorbia (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Succulent shrub or small tree, usually single-stemmed. Branchlets constricted into oblong segments up to 40 cm long, 3-4-angled with thin, distinctly undulating wings (See centre photo); spine shields more or less continuous, forming a horny margin on the wings. Flowers deep yellow to orange, in clusters above the spines (photo right shows young developing fruits). Fruit distinctly 3-lobed when mature, c. 8 × 20 mm, on a pedicel c. 8 mm long.
Notes: Note: Superficially similar to Euphorbia cooperi but distinguished by the much larger segments and the strongly undulating wing margins.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In mixed woodland, in seasonally flooded areas on deep alluvial soils.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 500 m
Flowering time:May - Aug
Worldwide distribution: Coastal Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and possibly southern Malawi.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Images last updated: Sunday 31 August 2008
Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 253.


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African Plant Database: Euphorbia halipedicola
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Euphorbia halipedicola
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Euphorbia halipedicola
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Euphorbia halipedicola
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Euphorbia halipedicola
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Euphorbia halipedicola
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Euphorbia halipedicola
Ispot Southern Africa : Euphorbia halipedicola
JSTOR Plant Science: Euphorbia halipedicola
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Euphorbia halipedicola
Tropicos: Euphorbia halipedicola
West African Plants database: Euphorbia halipedicola


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 halipedicola.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=136020, retrieved 28 May 2016

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