Euphorbia espinosa Pax

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Euphorbia espinosa

Photo: Rob Burrett
South-West of Hwange Town

Euphorbia espinosa

Photo: Rob Burrett
South-West of Hwange Town

Euphorbia espinosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near the Hide, Hippo Pools

Euphorbia espinosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near the Hide, Hippo Pools

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Synonyms: Euphorbia gynophora Pax
Euphorbia nodosa N.E. Br.
Common names:
Woody, unarmed shrub or small tree. Bark smooth, shiny, olive-green with brown papery strips peeling off. Leaves oblong-elliptic, 3.5-5.5 cm long with widely spaced, yellowish veins; margin entire, petiole up to 12 mm long. Flowers in subsessile clusters along the branches, yellowish-green. Fruit a 3-lobed capsule, c. 8 mm in diameter, blue-green.
Derivation of specific name: espinosa: without spines
Flowering time:Jul - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Southern Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Caprivi-Namibia.
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Carter, S. & Leach, L.C. (2001). Euphorbiaceae: subfamily Euphorbioideae: tribe Euphorbieae Flora Zambesiaca 9(5) Pages 390 - 391.

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 527 - 528.

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 337.

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

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.

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

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 36.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 207.

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 88 - 89. (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (2013). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa (Second edition) Struik, South Africa Pages 98 - 99. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Caprivi: Euphorbia espinosa
Flora of Malawi: Euphorbia espinosa
Flora of Zambia: Euphorbia espinosa
Flora of Zimbabwe: Euphorbia espinosa

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Euphorbia espinosa
African Plant Database: Euphorbia espinosa
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Euphorbia espinosa
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Tropicos: Euphorbia espinosa
Wikipedia: Euphorbia espinosa

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Euphorbia espinosa., retrieved 25 May 2024

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