Pedilanthus tithymaloides (L.) A. Poit.
subsp. smallii (Millsp.) Dressler

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Pedilanthus tithymaloides subsp. smallii

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34, Kent Road, Highlands, Harare

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Synonyms:
Common names: Bird cactus (English)
Description: Shrub to 3 m with strongly zigzag branches Leaves fleshy, often variegated with yellowish-green or pink. Cymes in clusters; cyathia with 4 glands enclosed by a beak-like extension.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: tithymaloides: from Tithymalus, an ancient name used by Pliny the Elder to describe a Euphorbia; smallii: after Dr John Kunkel Small, 1869-1938, American explorer and botanist, who probably collected or
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Worldwide distribution: Southern Florida and Cuba.
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Literature:

Carter, S. & Leach, L.C. (2001). Euphorbiaceae: subfamily Euphorbioideae: tribe Euphorbieae Flora Zambesiaca 9(5) Page 452.

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Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Pedilanthus tithymaloides subsp. smallii
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Pedilanthus tithymaloides subsp. smallii

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pedilanthus tithymaloides
African Plant Database: Pedilanthus tithymaloides
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Pedilanthus tithymaloides
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Pedilanthus tithymaloides
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Pedilanthus tithymaloides
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iNaturalist: Pedilanthus tithymaloides
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Pedilanthus tithymaloides
JSTOR Plant Science: Pedilanthus tithymaloides
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pedilanthus tithymaloides
Plants of the World Online: Pedilanthus tithymaloides
Tropicos: Pedilanthus tithymaloides
Wikipedia: Pedilanthus tithymaloides


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Pedilanthus tithymaloides subsp. smallii.
https://www.malawiflora.com/cult/species.php?species_id=162310, retrieved 24 February 2024

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