Euphorbia depauperata Hochst. ex A. Rich.
var. depauperata

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Euphorbia depauperata var. depauperata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near World's View, Nyanga

Euphorbia depauperata var. depauperata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near World's View, Nyanga

Euphorbia depauperata var. depauperata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near World's View, Nyanga

Euphorbia depauperata var. depauperata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near World's View, Nyanga

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Synonyms: Euphorbia depauperata A. Rich. subsp. aprica Pax
Euphorbia depauperata A. Rich. var. pubiflora N.E. Br.
Euphorbia lepidocarpa Pax
Euphorbia multiradiata Pax & K. Hoffm.
Euphorbia shirensis Baker f.
Euphorbia whyteana sensu S. Moore
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb with annual unbranched stems up to 30 cm high growing from a strong woody rootstock. Leaves alternate, subsessile, linear-lanceolate to obovate, up to 8 cm long and up to 1.5 cm wide, hairless. Flowers in c. 5-branched umbels with primary rays up to 7 cm long, forking up to 3 times. Bracts sessile, deltoid to almost round, 1.5-2.5 cm long, longer below the umbels. Cyathia sessile, c. 3.5 × 55. mm, with broadly cup-shaped involucres; glands 4-6, spreading, round to transversely oblong, 1.5-3 mm broad, yellow. Capsule exserted on a pedicel up to 6 mm long, shallowly 3-lobed, c. 5 × 6.5 mm, densely and strongly verrucose, tinged reddish.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In forest clearings or montane grassland in sandy rocky soil
Altitude range: (metres) 600 - 2300 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa to Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Thursday 6 August 2015

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 70 - 71. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 146.

Carter, S. & Leach, L.C. (2001). Euphorbiaceae: subfamily Euphorbioideae: tribe Euphorbieae Flora Zambesiaca 9(5) Pages 374 - 375.

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

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.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 87.

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

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Flora of Malawi: Euphorbia depauperata var. depauperata
Flora of Zambia: Euphorbia depauperata var. depauperata

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Euphorbia depauperata
African Plant Database: Euphorbia depauperata
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JSTOR Plant Science: Euphorbia depauperata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Euphorbia depauperata
Plants of the World Online: Euphorbia depauperata
Tropicos: Euphorbia depauperata
Wikipedia: Euphorbia depauperata

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Euphorbia depauperata var. depauperata., retrieved 16 April 2024

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