Euphorbia oatesii Rolfe

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Euphorbia oatesii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Layby by road between Kadoma and Chegutu.

Euphorbia oatesii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Layby by road between Kadoma and Chegutu.

Euphorbia oatesii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Layby by road between Kadoma and Chegutu.

Euphorbia oatesii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Layby by road between Kadoma and Chegutu.

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Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb growing from a tuberous rootstock with several underground stems up to 1.5 cm thick. Branches erect, up to 20 cm tall, or decumbent, becoming woody in areas not affected by fire, shortly crisped hairy. Leaves linear-lanceolate, up to 70 × 9 mm but usually smaller; margin and veins usually pubescent below. Flowers unisexual, in solitary, terminal cyathia with 5(6) pink, 2-lipped glands. Fruit a subsessile, shallowly 3-lobed capsule, c. 5 × 7 mm, densely pubescent.
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Derivation of specific name: oatesii: named after Frank Oates (1840-1875), British naturalist and traveller who collected plants, birds and reptiles in Matabeleland.
Habitat: In sandy soils in grassland and open Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 850 - 1370 m
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Worldwide distribution: Zambia and Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C
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Images last updated: Sunday 31 January 2016
Literature:

Carter, S. & Leach, L.C. (2001). Euphorbiaceae: subfamily Euphorbioideae: tribe Euphorbieae Flora Zambesiaca 9(5) Pages 387 - 388. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 41.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 48.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 62. (Includes a picture).


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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 oatesii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=136220, retrieved 3 December 2016

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