Euphorbia halipedicola L.C. Leach

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Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.

Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.

Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.

Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Warren McCleland
9 km south-west of Quisanga

Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Warren McCleland
9 km south-west of Quisanga

Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Warren McCleland
9 km south-west of Quisanga

Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rim of Nhagutua Gorge, Gorongosa national Park, Cheringoma

Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near rim of Nhagutua Gorge, Gorongosa National Park, Cheringoma

Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near rim of Nhagutua Gorge, Gorongosa National Park, Cheringoma

Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near rim of Nhagutua Gorge, Gorongosa National Park, Cheringoma

Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near rim of Nhagutua Gorge, Gorongosa National Park, Cheringoma

Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
On the rim of Archway Gorge, Mweredzi River, Gorongosa National Park, Muanza

Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
On the rim of Archway Gorge, Mweredzi River, Gorongosa National Park, Muanza

Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
On the rim of Archway Gorge, Mweredzi River, Gorongosa National Park, Muanza

Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
On the rim of Archway Gorge, Mweredzi River, Gorongosa National Park, Muanza

Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
On the rim of Archway Gorge, Mweredzi River, Gorongosa National Park, Muanza

Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
On the rim of Archway Gorge, Mweredzi River, Gorongosa National Park, Muanza

Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
On the rim of Archway Gorge, Mweredzi River, Gorongosa National Park, Muanza

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Synonyms:
Common names: Zigzag euphorbia (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Succulent shrub or small tree, usually single-stemmed. Branchlets constricted into oblong segments up to 40 cm long, 3-4-angled with thin, distinctly undulating wings (See centre photo); spine shields more or less continuous, forming a horny margin on the wings. Flowers deep yellow to orange, in clusters above the spines (photo right shows young developing fruits). Fruit distinctly 3-lobed when mature, c. 8 × 20 mm, on a pedicel c. 8 mm long.
Notes: Superficially similar to Euphorbia cooperi but distinguished by the much larger segments and the strongly undulating wing margins.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In mixed woodland, in seasonally flooded areas on deep alluvial soils.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 500 m
Flowering time:May - Aug
Worldwide distribution: Coastal Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and possibly southern Malawi.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Vulnerable
Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Sunday 31 August 2008
Literature:

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 454. (Includes a picture).

Carter, S. & Leach, L.C. (2001). Euphorbiaceae: subfamily Euphorbioideae: tribe Euphorbieae Flora Zambesiaca 9(5) Pages 398 - 400. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 253.

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

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 halipedicola
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Euphorbia halipedicola
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JSTOR Plant Science: Euphorbia halipedicola
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Euphorbia halipedicola
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Euphorbia halipedicola
The Plant List (version 1.1): Euphorbia halipedicola
Tropicos: Euphorbia halipedicola


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Euphorbia halipedicola.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=136020, retrieved 19 July 2019

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