Euphorbia lupatensis N.E. Br.

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Euphorbia lupatensis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Road from Main Road to Vundu Camp

Euphorbia lupatensis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Road from Main Road to Vundu Camp

Euphorbia lupatensis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Road from Main Road to Vundu Camp

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Status: Native
Erect annual herb, up to c. 30 cm tall. Branches spreading with short, curved, somewhat appressed hairs. Leaves opposite, linear-lanceolate, up to c. 4 cm long, asymmetrically rounded at the base, usually hairless above when mature, with scattered apressed hairs beneath; margin entire; petiole up to 2 mm long; stipules linear, 1-2 mm long, entire. Flowers in terminal and axillary, few-flowered clusters, with 4 white or pink, petal-like appendages. Capsule exserted on a reflexed pedicel, 3-lobed, c. 2.2 × 2.4 mm, densely pubescent with short, curved appressed hairs.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: lupatensis: from Lupata in Mozambique, where the type specimen was found.
Habitat: In open woodland and wooded grassland, on sandy clay soils.
Altitude range: 300 - 1025 m
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Worldwide distribution: Southeast Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N,E,S
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Content last updated: Friday 6 July 2012

Carter, S. & Leach, L.C. (2001). Euphorbiaceae: subfamily Euphorbioideae: tribe Euphorbieae Flora Zambesiaca 9(5) Pages 349 - 350.

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.

Shone, D.K. & Drummond, R.B. (1965). Poisonous Plants of Rhodesia Ministry of Agriculture, Rhodesia Page 59.

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Flora of Malawi: Euphorbia lupatensis
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Euphorbia lupatensis
African Plant Database: Euphorbia lupatensis
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Euphorbia lupatensis
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-21

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2021). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Euphorbia lupatensis., retrieved 5 December 2021

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