Euphorbia malevola L.C. Leach

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Euphorbia malevola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Hot Springs Resort, Save-Odzi Valley.

Euphorbia malevola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Hot Springs Resort, Save-Odzi Valley.

Euphorbia malevola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Hot Springs Resort, Save-Odzi Valley.

Euphorbia malevola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Hot Springs Resort, Save-Odzi Valley.

Euphorbia malevola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chipote, Mahenye, Ndowoyo CL.

Euphorbia malevola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chipote, Mahenye, Ndowoyo CL.

Euphorbia malevola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chipote, Mahenye, Ndowoyo CL.

Euphorbia malevola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chipote, Mahenye, Ndowoyo CL.

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Status: Native
Description:
Succulent shrub up to 1.5 m high, much-branched from the base. Branches slender, c. 1 cm in diameter, 4(5)-angled; greyish-green with dark purple mottling along the angles; tubercles on the angles set at 8-15 mm intervals. Spines needle-like, 5-7 mm long, spreading; spine shields separated, decurrent along the margins of the angles, rarely forming a continuous margin; each shield crowned with a second pair of prickles, c. 2 mm above the spines. Minute leaves ovate, c 1.5 mm long, falling very early. Cyathia c. 3 × 5.5 mm with funnel-shaped involucres, brownish-yellow with a purplish-red margin. Fruit sessile, subglobose, c 3.5 × 4 cm, dull green with purple markings.
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Habitat: In open deciduous woodland, often on granite outcrops
Altitude range: 450 - 1300 m
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Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: T
Growth form(s): Shrub over 2 m, shrub under 2 m.
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Content last updated: Thursday 10 November 2011
Literature:

Carter, S. & Leach, L.C. (2001). Euphorbiaceae: subfamily Euphorbioideae: tribe Euphorbieae Flora Zambesiaca 9(5) Pages 121 - 122. (Includes a picture).

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 173. as subsp. malevola

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.

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Flora of Malawi: Euphorbia malevola
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Euphorbia malevola
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Euphorbia malevola
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Euphorbia malevola
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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 malevola.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=136150, retrieved 17 November 2019

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