African Plant Database


Euphorbia ingens E. Mey. ex Boiss.
Family : EUPHORBIACEAE
Information on the genus : Euphorbia
 
 
Status
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
 
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=*Euphorbia natalensis auct. sensu A.Berger, non Bernh.
=Euphorbia similis A. Berger (1907)
=*Euphorbia cooperi auct. sensu A.Berger, non N.E.Br.
 
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Spiny succulent tree with a short main trunk rebranching freely very low down, which usually results in neither the candelabriform shape nor the individual crown of branches being evident;
Ecology : Rocky hills, termite mounds; also in alluvial clays (resulting in basic differences between specimens from these two different habitats); 10-1600 m alt.
  S. Africa; Botswana; ? S Zambia; ! S Zaire (Fungurume; cobalt: 37 µg/g dry weight; copper: 50).
  Easily grown; cristate and monstrous forms known. Now officially lumped under the erroneous name £E. candelabrum£ var. £candelabrum£.
  The largest Euphorbia and probably the most photographed; massive tree, can weigh many tons at maturity and is a dominant feature of the landscape. Described in 1834. To (4-)12(-15) m tall. Near E. candelabrum.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : biology: perennial-Tree, Succulent - Ht 4.5 - 11 m. Alt: 215 - 1450 m. Distribution: BOT, NAM, GA, KN, LP, MP, NW, SWZ

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Fl. Pl. South Africa 14: t.522 (1934).
 
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under Flore d'Afrique Centrale
see under Flora of Mozambique
see under African Plants - a Photo Guide
see under Flora of Zimbabwe
 
Map
carte afrique num 105782
 
Record n°105782
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