Euphorbia dissitispina L.C. Leach

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Common names:
Status: Native
Spiny succulent sub-shrub, up to 50cm high, with many widely spreading branches.
Notes: Known only from the type collection near Umkondo Mine, Bikita. Numerous searches in the area have only found the similar E. malevola and it is suspected E. dissitispina might not be a true species but just a weak form of E. malevola.
Derivation of specific name:
Altitude range: (metres) 500 m (approx)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: S
Growth form(s): Shrub under 2 m.
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Carter, S. & Leach, L.C. (2001). Euphorbiaceae: subfamily Euphorbioideae: tribe Euphorbieae Flora Zambesiaca 9(5) Pages 421 - 423. (Includes a picture).

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 164.

Leach, L.C. (1977). Euphorbia species from the Flora Zambesiaca area: 12 Kirkia 10(2) Pages 394 - 396. Protologue (Includes a picture).

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.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Euphorbia dissitispina
African Plant Database: Euphorbia dissitispina
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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 dissitispina., retrieved 15 June 2024

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