Euphorbia malevola L.C. Leach

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Euphorbia malevola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Hot Springs Resort, Save-Odzi Valley.

Euphorbia malevola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Hot Springs Resort, Save-Odzi Valley.

Euphorbia malevola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Hot Springs Resort, Save-Odzi Valley.

Euphorbia malevola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Hot Springs Resort, Save-Odzi Valley.

Euphorbia malevola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chipote, Mahenye, Ndowoyo CL.

Euphorbia malevola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chipote, Mahenye, Ndowoyo CL.

Euphorbia malevola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chipote, Mahenye, Ndowoyo CL.

Euphorbia malevola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chipote, Mahenye, Ndowoyo CL.

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Status: Native
Description:
Succulent shrub up to 1.5 m high, much-branched from the base. Branches slender, c. 1 cm in diameter, 4(5)-angled; greyish-green with dark purple mottling along the angles; tubercles on the angles set at 8-15 mm intervals. Spines needle-like, 5-7 mm long, spreading; spine shields separated, decurrent along the margins of the angles, rarely forming a continuous margin; each shield crowned with a second pair of prickles, c. 2 mm above the spines. Minute leaves ovate, c 1.5 mm long, falling very early. Cyathia c. 3 × 5.5 mm with funnel-shaped involucres, brownish-yellow with a purplish-red margin. Fruit sessile, subglobose, c 3.5 × 4 cm, dull green with purple markings.
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Habitat: In open deciduous woodland, often on granite outcrops
Altitude range: (metres) 390 - 1300 m
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Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
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Images last updated: Sunday 1 February 2015
Literature:

Carter, S. & Leach, L.C. (2001). Euphorbiaceae: subfamily Euphorbioideae: tribe Euphorbieae Flora Zambesiaca 9(5) Pages 121 - 122. (Includes a picture).


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Euphorbia malevola
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West African Plants database: Euphorbia malevola


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 malevola.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=136150, retrieved 29 May 2016

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