Euphorbia ingens E. Mey. ex Boiss.

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Euphorbia ingens

Lusaka 1976
Drawing: Patricia Bingham

Euphorbia ingens

Lusaka 1976
Drawing: Patricia Bingham

Euphorbia ingens

Lusaka 1976
Drawing: Patricia Bingham

Euphorbia ingens

Mopane woodlands
Sinazongwe, next to the road to Mamba
Aug 2022
Photo: Jelte Zeekaf

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Common names:
Status: Native
Massive tree-size succulent, up to 10 m. The ridges of the branches are set with short spines, the inflorescences are situated at the top of the vertical branches, the flowers small and yellow.
Type location:
South Africa
Notes: As with many species of Euphorbia, the milky latex is poisonous and highly irritant to skin. When coming into contact with the eyes, it may cause temporary blindness.
Derivation of specific name: ingens: huge
Habitat: In open woodland, often associated with rocky outcrops and termite mounds.
Altitude range: Up to 1670 m
Flowering time:Apr - Aug
Worldwide distribution: Eastern Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Caprivi-Namibia, Eswatini, and South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): W,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,C,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Content last updated: Saturday 28 January 2023

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Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 352. (Includes a picture).

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

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 114 - 115. (Includes a picture).

Mannheimer, C. & Curtis B. (2009). Le Roux and Müller's Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of Namibia Macmillan Education, Windhoek, Namibia. Pages 242 - 243. (Includes a picture).

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 57.

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

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 87.

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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 ingens., retrieved 1 March 2024

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