Euphorbia prostrata Aiton

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Euphorbia prostrata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common

Euphorbia prostrata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common

Euphorbia prostrata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common

Euphorbia prostrata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Runde Lodge, Zvishavane

Euphorbia prostrata

Photo: Mark Hyde
Lodge 147, Mazvikadei

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Synonyms: Chamaesyce prostrata (Aiton) Small
Common names: Blueweed (E) (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Introduced
Purple-tinged, prostrate, much-branched annual herb. Leaves small, ovate; margins obscurely dentate. Flowers terminal or on short axillary shoots, purple-pink, sexes separate on the same plant.
Derivation of specific name: prostrata: lying flat on the ground; prostrate.
Habitat: A common and widespread weed of gardens, roadsides and disturbed areas.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1650 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Native to Central and southern USA and tropical and subtropical America, and now a widespread weed of the tropics and subtropics.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Monday 25 May 2009

Carter, S. & Leach, L.C. (2001). Euphorbiaceae: subfamily Euphorbioideae: tribe Euphorbieae Flora Zambesiaca 9(5) Pages 357 - 358.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 17.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 149.

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 prostrata

Wild, H. (1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 47. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Euphorbia prostrata
Flora of Caprivi: Euphorbia prostrata
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Euphorbia prostrata
Flora of Malawi: Euphorbia prostrata
Flora of Mozambique: Euphorbia prostrata
Flora of Zambia: Euphorbia prostrata

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

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 prostrata., retrieved 28 May 2024

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