Euphorbia crebrifolia S. Carter

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Euphorbia crebrifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rd to World's View, Nyanga

Euphorbia crebrifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rd to World's View, Nyanga

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Synonyms: Euphorbia ericoides sensu Wild
Common names:
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
A sparsely-branched straggling herb, up to c. 1m high, woody on the older parts. Leaves closely spaced, up to c. 1 cm long, linear-lanceolate, needle-like with revolute margins. Flowers uni-sexual, in sub-umbellate clusters, both terminal and axillary at the ends of branches, green to yellow. Capsule c. 3 × 3 mm, deeply 3-lobed, exserted on a reflexed pedicel up to 4.5 mm long.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Montane grassland and among ericoid scrub on rocky slopes.
Altitude range: (metres) 1200 - 2300 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Only known from the border mountains of Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Images last updated: Saturday 19 November 2005

Carter, S. & Leach, L.C. (2001). Euphorbiaceae: subfamily Euphorbioideae: tribe Euphorbieae Flora Zambesiaca 9(5) Pages 371 - 372. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 26.

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 138.

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.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 92.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Euphorbia crebrifolia
African Plant Database: Euphorbia crebrifolia
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Euphorbia crebrifolia
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Euphorbia crebrifolia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Euphorbia crebrifolia
Plants of the World Online: Euphorbia crebrifolia
The Plant List (version 1.1): Euphorbia crebrifolia
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Euphorbia crebrifolia., retrieved 7 July 2020

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