African Plant Database


Euphorbia decidua P.R.O. Bally & L. C. Leach
Family : EUPHORBIACEAE
Protologue : Kirkia 10(1): 293 (1975)
Information on the genus : Euphorbia
 
 
Status
Status for TA : accepted (present)
 
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=*Euphorbia decidua auct. sensu P.R.O.Bally & L.C.Leach p.p., excl. specim. Milne-Redhead 4251 et distr. Angola
 
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Dwarf, fleshy herb with a tuberous taproot; stem reduced to a subterranean growing point; branches few to numerous, simple or rarely forked or rebranched, erect, to 12 cm tall and to 6 cm thick, 3-(-4-6)-angled, deciduous;
Ecology : Wet, often badly drained woodland (Brachystegia boehmii, B. bussei), even growing inundated in clayish soils; riverbanks; completely dried up ground without other vegetation; 1000-1520 m alt.
  Production of independant, sometimes floating leaves from the base of the spiny branches seems to be of somewhat sporadic occurrence. etc...
  Cultivated by collectors; very slow growing plant (A. Pritchard, Introduction to Euphorbiaceae: 40, 2003).
  Specially protected in Zimbabwe. The species will disapper as a result of agricultural development and building (Lilongwe, Malawi). A seedling showing the characteristic leaf-bearing juvenile stage is possibly confused with a seedling of Haemanthus sp.

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • LEBRUN, J. P. & A. L. STORK (1991). Enumération des plantes à fleurs d’Afrique tropicale. Généralités et Anonaceae à Pandanaceae. Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 1: 215
 
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under The International Plant Name Index
 
Map
carte afrique num 106030
 
Record n°106030
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