Euphorbia luapulana L.C. Leach

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Euphorbia luapulana

Rocky outcrop downstream of Musonda Falls on the Luongo River
Jan 2017
Photo: Nick Wightman

Euphorbia luapulana

Rocky outcrop downstream of Musonda Falls on the Luongo River
Jan 2017
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Common names:
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Spiny succulent subshrub up to 1 m tall branching from the base and sparingly rebranching above; branches 4-angled, c. 10 mm in diameter, angles sinuate with tubercles c. 15 mm apart; spine shields to 10 mm long narrowly decurrent; spines 5-8 mm long, widely divergent to deflexed; prickles 1-1.5 mm long, c. 2 mm above spines; leaves deltate, c. 1 x 1.25 mm, deciduous; cymes solitary, simple, subsessile; cyathia c. 2.5 x 2.5-4 mm with funnel-shaped involucres; capsules c. 2.75 x 3.5 mm, obtusely lobed, eventually bright red.
Type location:
Zambia, Musonda Falls
Derivation of specific name: Luapulana: of Luapula Province in Zambia
Habitat: Rocky outcrop next to Luongo River.
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Worldwide distribution: Zambia
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lp
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Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Data deficient
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Content last updated: Thursday 18 January 2018

Carter, S. & Leach, L.C. (2001). Euphorbiaceae: subfamily Euphorbioideae: tribe Euphorbieae Flora Zambesiaca 9(5) Pages 423 - 424.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Euphorbia luapulana
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Euphorbia luapulana
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Euphorbia luapulana
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Euphorbia luapulana
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Euphorbia luapulana
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Euphorbia luapulana
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Euphorbia luapulana
JSTOR Plant Science: Euphorbia luapulana
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Euphorbia luapulana
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Euphorbia luapulana
Plants of the World Online: Euphorbia luapulana
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Wikipedia: Euphorbia luapulana

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Euphorbia luapulana., retrieved 27 March 2023

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