Euphorbia halipedicola L.C. Leach

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Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.

Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.

Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.

Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Warren McCleland
9 km south-west of Quisanga

Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Warren McCleland
9 km south-west of Quisanga

Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Warren McCleland
9 km south-west of Quisanga

Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rim of Nhagutua Gorge, Gorongosa national Park, Cheringoma

Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near rim of Nhagutua Gorge, Gorongosa National Park, Cheringoma

Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near rim of Nhagutua Gorge, Gorongosa National Park, Cheringoma

Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near rim of Nhagutua Gorge, Gorongosa National Park, Cheringoma

Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near rim of Nhagutua Gorge, Gorongosa National Park, Cheringoma

Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
On the rim of Archway Gorge, Mweredzi River, Gorongosa National Park, Muanza

Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
On the rim of Archway Gorge, Mweredzi River, Gorongosa National Park, Muanza

Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
On the rim of Archway Gorge, Mweredzi River, Gorongosa National Park, Muanza

Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
On the rim of Archway Gorge, Mweredzi River, Gorongosa National Park, Muanza

Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
On the rim of Archway Gorge, Mweredzi River, Gorongosa National Park, Muanza

Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
On the rim of Archway Gorge, Mweredzi River, Gorongosa National Park, Muanza

Euphorbia halipedicola

Photo: Bart Wursten
On the rim of Archway Gorge, Mweredzi River, Gorongosa National Park, Muanza

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Synonyms:
Common names: Zigzag euphorbia (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Succulent shrub or small tree, usually single-stemmed. Branchlets constricted into oblong segments up to 40 cm long, 3-4-angled with thin, distinctly undulating wings (See centre photo); spine shields more or less continuous, forming a horny margin on the wings. Flowers deep yellow to orange, in clusters above the spines (photo right shows young developing fruits). Fruit distinctly 3-lobed when mature, c. 8 × 20 mm, on a pedicel c. 8 mm long.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In mixed woodland, in seasonally flooded areas on deep alluvial soils.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:May - Aug
Worldwide distribution: Coastal Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and possibly southern Malawi.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS,GI
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Thursday 24 January 2019
Literature:

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 454. (Includes a picture).

Carter, S. & Leach, L.C. (2001). Euphorbiaceae: subfamily Euphorbioideae: tribe Euphorbieae Flora Zambesiaca 9(5) Pages 398 - 400. (Includes a picture).

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

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Euphorbia halipedicola

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Euphorbia halipedicola
African Plant Database: Euphorbia halipedicola
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Euphorbia halipedicola
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Euphorbia halipedicola
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Euphorbia halipedicola
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Euphorbia halipedicola
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Euphorbia halipedicola
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Euphorbia halipedicola
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Euphorbia halipedicola
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Euphorbia halipedicola
JSTOR Plant Science: Euphorbia halipedicola
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Euphorbia halipedicola
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Euphorbia halipedicola
The Plant List (version 1.1): Euphorbia halipedicola
Tropicos: Euphorbia halipedicola


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Euphorbia halipedicola.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=136020, retrieved 17 February 2019

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