Euphorbia oatesii Rolfe

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Euphorbia oatesii

Picture: Helen Pickering
NW of Livingstone: road to Vistana farm (turn right (north) about 2 kms before the western park gate). Drive about 5 kms to top of a hill, quarry on right, keep going about 1-2 kms stop just before a gate, walk right through trees to a grassy area

Euphorbia oatesii

Picture: Helen Pickering
NW of Livingstone: road to Vistana farm (turn right (north) about 2 kms before the western park gate). Drive about 5 kms to top of a hill, quarry on right, keep going about 1-2 kms stop just before a gate, walk right through trees to a grassy area

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Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb growing from a tuberous rootstock with several underground stems up to 1.5 cm thick. Branches erect, up to 20 cm tall, or decumbent, becoming woody in areas not affected by fire, shortly crisped hairy. Leaves linear-lanceolate, up to 70 × 9 mm but usually smaller; margin and veins usually pubescent below. Flowers unisexual, in solitary, terminal cyathia with 5(6) pink, 2-lipped glands. Fruit a subsessile, shallowly 3-lobed capsule, c. 5 × 7 mm, densely pubescent.
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Syntypes from Zambia and Zimbabwe
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: oatesii: named after Frank Oates (1840-1875), British naturalist and traveller who collected plants, birds and reptiles in Matabeleland.
Habitat: In sandy soils in grassland and open Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range: 850 - 1370 m
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Worldwide distribution: Zambia and Zimbabwe
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,C,Lk,S,W
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Literature:

Carter, S. & Leach, L.C. (2001). Euphorbiaceae: subfamily Euphorbioideae: tribe Euphorbieae Flora Zambesiaca 9(5) Pages 387 - 388. (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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 48.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 62. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Euphorbia oatesii
African Plant Database: Euphorbia oatesii
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Euphorbia oatesii
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Euphorbia oatesii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Euphorbia oatesii
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The Plant List (version 1.1): Euphorbia oatesii
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-20

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2020). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Euphorbia oatesii.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=136220, retrieved 26 September 2020

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