Euphorbia benthamii Hiern

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Euphorbia benthamii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Backpackers and Overlanders Lodge, Twentydales Ext., Epworth, Harare.

Euphorbia benthamii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Backpackers and Overlanders Lodge, Twentydales Ext., Epworth, Harare.

Euphorbia benthamii

Picture: Mark Hyde
Mukuvisi Woodland, Harare

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Status: Native
Annual herb to 1 m tall, sparsely covered with long spreading white hairs. Leaves: petiole to 2.5 cm long; lamina narrowly oblong, serrate with minute gland-tipped teeth on the margin. Cymes axillary and in 3-branched umbels. Bracts leaf-like. Cyathia sessile with cup-shaped involucres; glands 4, 1 × 1.5 mm, transversely elliptic; lobes ciliate. Capsule 4 × 5 mm, with long spreading hairs, barely exserted on a short pedicel, longitudinal ridges absent.
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Habitat: Deciduous woodland, often near streams
Altitude range: 950 - 1500 m
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Namibia, Caprivi Strip, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Malawi
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N,C,S,W
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Carter, S. & Leach, L.C. (2001). Euphorbiaceae: subfamily Euphorbioideae: tribe Euphorbieae Flora Zambesiaca 9(5) Page 365.

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.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Euphorbia benthamii., retrieved 22 February 2024

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