Euphorbia cooperi N.E. Br. ex A. Berger
var. calidicola L.C. Leach

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Euphorbia cooperi var. calidicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mandavu Dam picnic area, Hwange NP

Euphorbia cooperi var. calidicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mandavu Dam picnic area, Hwange NP

Euphorbia cooperi var. calidicola

Photo: Charles Magner
Chipandaure river, Zambezi Valley.

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Common names: Lesser candelabra-tree (English)
Status: Native
Succulent shrub or tree up to 4 m tall. This variety is less common and widespread than var. cooperi and is mostly restricted to the Hwange area and the Zambesi Valley. It is normally less tall and often more shrubby. It can be recognised by the much thinner wings on the segments, which are normally wider than long.
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Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Malawi distribution: N,S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 450. (Includes a picture).

Carter, S. & Leach, L.C. (2001). Euphorbiaceae: subfamily Euphorbioideae: tribe Euphorbieae Flora Zambesiaca 9(5) Pages 401 - 402.

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

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 173.

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.

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Flora of Mozambique: Euphorbia cooperi var. calidicola
Flora of Zambia: Euphorbia cooperi var. calidicola
Flora of Zimbabwe: Euphorbia cooperi var. calidicola

External websites:

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

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: Species information: Euphorbia cooperi var. calidicola., retrieved 23 June 2024

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