Euphorbia ingens E. Mey. ex Boiss.

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Euphorbia ingens

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Chithora Rd to Himalayas

Euphorbia ingens

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Hot Springs

Euphorbia ingens

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Lay-by Birchenough Bridge to Masvingo road near Nyika

Euphorbia ingens

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Path from entrance gate to Great Enclosure, Great Zimbabwe

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Synonyms:
Common names: Candelabra tree (English) Mugonde (Shona) Muhonde (Shona) Mukonde (Shona) Umhlonho (Ndebele)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Description:
Massive tree-size succulent, up to 10 m. The ridges of the branches are set with short spines, the inflorescences are situated at the top of the vertical branches, the flowers small and yellow.
Notes: As with many species of Euphorbia, the milky latex is poisonous and highly irritant to skin. When coming into contact with the eyes, it may cause temporary blindness.
Derivation of specific name: ingens: huge
Habitat: Occurring in open woodland, often associated with rocky outcrops and termite mounds.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1670 m
Flowering time:Apr - Aug
Worldwide distribution: E Angola, FZ area, South Africa and Swaziland
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Content last updated: Wednesday 18 October 2006
Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 114 - 115. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Euphorbia ingens.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=136070, retrieved 30 July 2014

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