Euphorbia serpens Kunth

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Euphorbia serpens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park

Euphorbia serpens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park

Euphorbia serpens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road no5A near Lion House, Gorongosa National Park

Euphorbia serpens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park

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Synonyms: Chamaesyce serpens (Kunth) Small
Euphorbia minutiflora N.E. Br.
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Frequency:
Status: Introduced
Description:
Small, much-branched prostrate annual herb with hairless branches up to 20 cm long. Leaves opposite, broadly ovate to almost round, up to 4 mm long, cordate at the base; margin entire. Flowers terminal or on short axillary shoots, maroon-purple and white, sexes separate on the same plant. Fruit a 3-lobed capsule, c. 18 mm long, yellowish-green, exserted on a reflexed pedicel.
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Habitat: Occurring in disturbed areas, often near water.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1450 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Native to South America, now a pantropical weed.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,S
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Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 31 August 2008
Literature:

Carter, S. & Leach, L.C. (2001). Euphorbiaceae: subfamily Euphorbioideae: tribe Euphorbieae Flora Zambesiaca 9(5) Pages 356 - 357.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 56. as Chamaesyce serpens


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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 serpens.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=136360, retrieved 1 October 2016

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