Euphorbia griseola Pax
subsp. mashonica L.C. Leach

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Euphorbia griseola subsp. mashonica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank

Euphorbia griseola subsp. mashonica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank

Euphorbia griseola subsp. mashonica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank

Euphorbia griseola subsp. mashonica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank

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Common names:
Status: Native
Succulent shrub or often a distinct small tree, up to 3.5 m. This subspecies is particularly tree-like with a central stem or several trunk-like branches from the base. The plants are densely branched and rebranched. Spine shields are often joined to form a horny ridge along the angles. Flowers unisexual, yellow, solitary above the spines. Fruit a capsule, c. 5 mm, exserted on a recurved pedicel.
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Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Malawi distribution: S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m, shrub under 2 m.
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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 453. (Includes a picture).

Carter, S. & Leach, L.C. (2001). Euphorbiaceae: subfamily Euphorbioideae: tribe Euphorbieae Flora Zambesiaca 9(5) Pages 412 - 414. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 26.

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.

Other sources of information about Euphorbia griseola subsp. mashonica:

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Flora of Mozambique: Euphorbia griseola subsp. mashonica
Flora of Zambia: Euphorbia griseola subsp. mashonica
Flora of Zimbabwe: Euphorbia griseola subsp. mashonica
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Euphorbia griseola subsp. mashonica

External websites:

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

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 griseola subsp. mashonica., retrieved 17 April 2024

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