Euphorbia mossambicensis (Klotzsch & Garcke) Boiss.

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Euphorbia mossambicensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
B8 road through Bwabwata

Euphorbia mossambicensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
B8 road through Bwabwata

Euphorbia mossambicensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
B8 road through Bwabwata

Euphorbia mossambicensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
B8 road through Bwabwata

Euphorbia mossambicensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
B8 road through Bwabwata

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Synonyms: Anisophyllum mossambicense Klotzsch & Garcke
Chamaesyce mossambicensis (Klotzsch & Garcke) Koutnik
Euphorbia mozambicensis var. n (Klotzsch & Garcke) Boiss. var. nyasica N.E. Br.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Much-branched prostrate annual herb with branches up to 35 cm long, appressed hairy along the upper surface. Leaves opposite, up to 14 mm long, rounded and entire or obscurely toothed at the apex, very obliquely rounded at the base, hairless or rarely with a few scattered hairs around the margin; petiole to 0.5 mm long; stipules linear, up to 0.4 mm long, sometimes 2–3-toothed at the broader base. Flowers terminal and pseudoaxillary on short leafy shoots, solitary on peduncles up to 1 mm long, c. 1.25 mm wide, with cup-shaped involucres; glands 4, up to 1 mm wide but usually much less, reddish with obvious white or pinkish lobed appendages up to 0.6 mm long and 1.5 mm wide. Capsule exserted on a reflexed pedicel up to 3 mm long, acutely 3-lobed with truncate base, 1.6 mm in diameter, usually hairless, occasionally with a few long spreading hairs.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: mossambicensis: of Mozambique
Habitat: On sandy soils in grassland and open woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1200 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Caprivi Namibia.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,S
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Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Thursday 22 March 2018
Literature:

Carter, S. & Leach, L.C. (2001). Euphorbiaceae: subfamily Euphorbioideae: tribe Euphorbieae Flora Zambesiaca 9(5) Page 358.

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.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 56. as Chamaesyce mossambicensis


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Flora of Botswana: Euphorbia mossambicensis
Flora of Caprivi: Euphorbia mossambicensis
Flora of Malawi: Euphorbia mossambicensis
Flora of Mozambique: Euphorbia mossambicensis
Flora of Zambia: Euphorbia mossambicensis

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Euphorbia mossambicensis
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Euphorbia mossambicensis
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Euphorbia mossambicensis
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Euphorbia mossambicensis
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JSTOR Plant Science: Euphorbia mossambicensis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Euphorbia mossambicensis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Euphorbia mossambicensis
The Plant List (version 1.1): Euphorbia mossambicensis
Tropicos: Euphorbia mossambicensis


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Euphorbia mossambicensis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=136200, retrieved 25 April 2018

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