Euphorbia tettensis Klotzsch

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Euphorbia tettensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau above Nhagutua Gorge, Cheringoma

Euphorbia tettensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau above Nhagutua Gorge, Cheringoma

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Synonyms: Chamaesyce tettensis (Klotzsch) Koutnik
Common names:
Frequency: locally frequent
Status: Native
Erect annual herb, up to c. 25 cm tall or with spreading, semi-prostrate branches up to 35 cm long. All parts with silky white hairs. Leaves opposite, subsessile, ovate-lanceolate, up to 2.5 cm long, obliquely cordate at the base, upper surface sometimes with a reddish blotch over the midrib; margin entire. Stipules linear, c. 1 mm long. Flowers axillary with 4 white or pink, petal-like appendages. Capsule acutely 3-lobed, c. 2 mm in diameter, densely covered in silky hairs, exserted on a reflexed pedicel.
Derivation of specific name: tettensis: of Tete in Mozambique
Habitat: Deciduous woodland on stony or sandy ground.
Altitude range: 50 - 1550 m
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Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and a single specimen from Soutpansberg, Limpopo, South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: T,MS
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Content last updated: Saturday 1 June 2013

Carter, S. & Leach, L.C. (2001). Euphorbiaceae: subfamily Euphorbioideae: tribe Euphorbieae Flora Zambesiaca 9(5) Page 348.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 26.

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.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 56. as Chamaesyce tettensis

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Flora of Botswana: Euphorbia tettensis
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Flora of Zambia: Euphorbia tettensis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Euphorbia tettensis

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Euphorbia tettensis
African Plant Database: Euphorbia tettensis
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Euphorbia tettensis
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Wikipedia: Euphorbia tettensis

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 tettensis., retrieved 10 June 2023

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