Euphorbia ambroseae L.C. Leach
var. spinosa L.C. Leach

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Status: Native
Notes: A more bushy plant than var. ambroseae with erectly spreading branches and more obvious spines and prickles.
Derivation of specific name: spinosa: spiny, referring to the more distinct spines in comparison with var. ambroseae.
Habitat: In wooded grassland, dry forest and thicket.
Altitude range: 40 - 300 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Malawi and Mozambique.
Mozambique distribution: T,MS,GI
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Endemic status: Near Endemic
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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 447. (Includes a picture).

Carter, S. & Leach, L.C. (2001). Euphorbiaceae: subfamily Euphorbioideae: tribe Euphorbieae Flora Zambesiaca 9(5) Pages 419 - 420.

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.

Leach, L.C. (1977). Euphorbia species from the Flora Zambesiaca area: 12 Kirkia 10(2) Pages 396 - 397.

Other sources of information about Euphorbia ambroseae var. spinosa:

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Flora of Malawi: Euphorbia ambroseae var. spinosa

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Euphorbia ambroseae var. spinosa., retrieved 22 February 2024

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