Euphorbia bougheyi L.C. Leach

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Euphorbia bougheyi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhagutua Gorge, Gorongosa National Park, Cheringoma

Euphorbia bougheyi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhagutua Gorge, Gorongosa National Park, Cheringoma

Euphorbia bougheyi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhagutua Gorge, Gorongosa National Park, Cheringoma

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Common names:
Status: Native
Small succulent tree up to 7 m high. Branches in whorls, spreading and curving upwards, 2-5-winged, constricted into variably shaped segments, 2.5-5 cm wide with very thin wings; ultimate branches often 2-winged. Spine shields very narrow, usually separate, sometimes extended above to enclose the flowering eye; spines paired, up to 7.5 mm long. flowering cymes solitary on very stout peduncles. Cyathia up to 4.5 × 10 mm, yellow. Capsule up to 9.5 × 23 mm,deeply lobed, exserted on a stout pedicel c. 7 mm long.
Notes: This species is closely related to Euphorbia halipedicola but can be distinguished by the very thin and irregular branch segments.
Derivation of specific name: bougheyi: named after Arthur Stanley Boughey (1913-2000), Rhodesian (Zimbabwean) botanist, collector and former Chair of Botany at the University College of Rhodesia and Nyasaland; friend and colleague of Larry Leach.
Habitat: Dense woodland and thickets.
Altitude range: 0 - 165 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Only known from the coastal plain in Central Mozambique.
Mozambique distribution: Z,MS,GI
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Endemic status: Endemic
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Content last updated: Saturday 30 May 2015

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 448. (Includes a picture).

Carter, S. & Leach, L.C. (2001). Euphorbiaceae: subfamily Euphorbioideae: tribe Euphorbieae Flora Zambesiaca 9(5) Page 398.

Darbyshire, I., Timberlake, J., Osborne, J., Rokni, S., Matimele, H., Langa. C., Datizua, C., de Sousa, C., Alves, T., Massingue, A., Hadj-Hammou, J., Dhanda, S., Shah, T., Wursten, B. (2019). The endemic plants of Mozambique: diversity and conservation status Phytotaxa 136 Page 84.

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Euphorbia bougheyi., retrieved 30 September 2023

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