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Euphorbia lignosa Marloth


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Euphorbia lignosa

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Milky sap
28 Sep 2006

Euphorbia lignosa

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Habit
07 May 2005

Euphorbia lignosa

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Habit (note reddish
colouration)
21 Sep 2008

Euphorbia lignosa

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Flower
27 Sep 2008

Euphorbia lignosa

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Fruit
27 Sep 2008

Euphorbia lignosa

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Habit
13 Dec 2008



Family: Euphorbiaceae
Full name: Euphorbia lignosa Marloth
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Gifmelkbos
English common name(s): Pencil milkbush
Synonym(s): -
Status: Near-endemic
Description: A dwarf densely much-branched bush, forming a hemispheric cushion up to 3 ft. in diam., and 0.5–1 ft. high; main stem very stout, somewhat globose at the crown from which the branches arise, descending as a thick carrot-shaped root; main branches very numerous, repeatedly divided into short alternate spine-like or sharp-pointed branchlets, soft and succulent when young, becoming rigid, glabrous; leaves alternate, only present on very young branches, 1.5–5 lin. long, lanceolate or linear-lanceolate or sometimes obovate, acute, tapering near the base into a short petiole, longitudinally folded, recurved, very minutely puberulous; flowering branches with 1 terminal sessile involucre or with 1 sessile and 1 or 2 lateral involucres on peduncle-like branches 0.333– 0.5 in. long, forming a 2–3-flowered cyme, very minutely puberulous; bracts about 2–2.5 lin. long and 1.5–2 lin. broad, orbicular-obovate and apiculate, or broadly cuneate, subtruncate and minutely toothed, very minutely puberulous on both sides; involucre 3.5–5 lin. in diam., shallowly cup-shaped, very minutely puberulous, with 5 glands and 5 transverse rectangular lobes fringed with numerous subulate teeth along the truncate top; glands obliquely cup-like or funnel-shaped, with 4–9 entire or bifid channelled finger-like processes 0.25– 0.5 lin. long along the outer margin, glabrous in the cavity, very minutely puberulous outside; capsule sessile, erect, with its base embraced by the remains of the involucre, 2.5 lin. in diam., globose, very minutely puberulous; styles 1–1.25 lin. long, united nearly to the top, with 3 spreading bifid arms 0.167– 0.25 lin. long; seeds 1.25 lin. long, ovoid, acute at one end, somewhat 3-angled, smooth, glabrous. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora Capensis)
Link(s) African Plant Database
JSTOR Plant Science
Kew Herbarium Catalogue
BGBM Berlin-Dahlem - Virtual Herbarium
Züricher Herbarien
iSpot
Flora of Zimbabwe
Fleurs de notre Terre - Galerie Namibie
Tree Atlas of Namibia
Content last updated: 21 Mar 2018


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