Euphorbia daviesii E.A. Bruce

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Euphorbia daviesii

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Southern Loop, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Euphorbia imbricata E.A. Bruce, nom. illegit. non Vahl.
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Status: Native
Hairless perennial herb with numerous annual, unbranched, erect stems, up to 30 cm high, growing from a woody rootstock c. 1 cm thick. Leaves sessile, slightly fleshy, oblanceolate, up to 2.5 cm long; margins entire. Inflorescences usually terminal, occasionally axillary, in 3–7-branched umbels, with primary rays up to 3 cm long. Bracts sessile, yellowish-green, deltoid, up to 1.5 cm long and wide. Cyathia sessile, 3 × 3.5 mm, with cup-shaped involucres; glands 4, rarely 5, spreading, transversely oblong, 2–2.5 mm wide; outer margin entire to shallowly sinuate with 2 minute horns, golden-yellow. Capsule exserted on a pedicel to 6 mm long, conspicuously 3-lobed, 4-4.5 mm long and wide.
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Habitat: Montane grassland, in dry sandy soils.
Altitude range: 2200 - 2350 m
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Worldwide distribution: Only known from southern Tanzania and northern Malawi.
Malawi distribution: N
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Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Content last updated: Friday 21 September 2018

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 146.

Carter, S. & Leach, L.C. (2001). Euphorbiaceae: subfamily Euphorbioideae: tribe Euphorbieae Flora Zambesiaca 9(5) Pages 373 - 374.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Euphorbia daviesii
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Euphorbia daviesii
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Euphorbia daviesii
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Euphorbia daviesii
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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 daviesii., retrieved 21 February 2024

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