Euphorbia tortistyla N.E. Br.

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Common names:
Spiny succulent dwarf shrublet up to 15 cm high with densely tufted branches forming compact clumps.
Notes: Only recorded from the southern part of the Central Watershed in the Masvingo area. Possibly threatened by collectors and mining activities but not listed. Very similar to E. acervata.
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Habitat: On granite domes, in rock crevices and in the margins of outcrops on decomposed granite.
Altitude range: (metres) 1100 - 1400 m
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Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: S
Growth form(s): Shrub under 2 m.
Endemic status: Endemic
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Carter, S. & Leach, L.C. (2001). Euphorbiaceae: subfamily Euphorbioideae: tribe Euphorbieae Flora Zambesiaca 9(5) Pages 427 - 429.

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 139.

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 tortistyla
African Plant Database: Euphorbia tortistyla
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Euphorbia tortistyla
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Euphorbia tortistyla
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Euphorbia tortistyla
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Wikipedia: Euphorbia tortistyla

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Euphorbia tortistyla., retrieved 10 December 2023

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