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.

Darbyshire, I., Timberlake, J., Osborne, J., Rokni, S., Matimele, H., Langa. C., Datizua, C., de Sousa, C., Alves, T., Massingue, A., Hadj-Hammou, J., Dhanda, S., Shah, T., Wursten, B. (2019). The endemic plants of Mozambique: diversity and conservation status Phytotaxa 136 Page 84.

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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Flora of Mozambique: Euphorbia crebrifolia

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Euphorbia crebrifolia
African Plant Database: Euphorbia crebrifolia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Euphorbia crebrifolia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Euphorbia crebrifolia
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Euphorbia crebrifolia
JSTOR Plant Science: Euphorbia crebrifolia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Euphorbia crebrifolia
Plants of the World Online: Euphorbia crebrifolia
Tropicos: Euphorbia crebrifolia
Wikipedia: Euphorbia crebrifolia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Euphorbia crebrifolia., retrieved 1 December 2023

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