4498.000 Euphorbia L.

CHAMAESYCE Gray

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

Description of the genus

Monoecious annual, biennial or perennial herbs, shrubs or trees, sometimes succulent. Milky latex present. Stipules usually present. Leaves mostly alternate, sometimes opposite or whorled. Inflorescence composed of cyathia in simple, dichotomous or umbellate terminal cymes; bracts paired, often leaf-like, sometimes brightly coloured. Cyathia with (1-)4-5(-8) glands around the rim alternating with 5 fringed lobes. Male flowers in 5 groups separated by fringed membranes, bracteolate. Female flower subsessile or with the pedicel elongating or reflexed in fruit. Ovary 3-locular. Styles 3, partly united. Fruit a dehiscent capsule, usually 3-lobed.

Worldwide: c.2000 species, cosmopolitan, but more in warm areas

Caprivi: 15 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Zizeeria knysna (Sooty blue)
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SpeciesContent
benthamii HiernDescription, Image
crotonoides Boiss. subsp. crotonoides Description, Image
espinosa PaxDescription, Image
eylesii RendleDescription
heterophylla L.Description, Image
hirta L.Description, Image
inaequilatera Sond. var. inaequilatera
ingens E. Mey. ex Boiss.Description, Image
matabelensis PaxDescription, Image
monteiri Hook. f. subsp. monteiri
mossambicensis (Klotzsch & Garcke) Boiss.Description, Image
neopolycnemoides Pax & K. Hoffm.Description, Image
prostrata AitonDescription, Image
tirucalli L.Description, Image
transvaalensis Schltr.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Euphorbia:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Euphorbia
Flora of Botswana: cultivated Euphorbia
Flora of Malawi: Euphorbia
Flora of Malawi: cultivated Euphorbia
Flora of Mozambique: Euphorbia
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Euphorbia
Flora of Zambia: Euphorbia
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Euphorbia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Euphorbia
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Euphorbia

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Euphorbia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Euphorbia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Euphorbia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Euphorbia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Euphorbia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Caprivi: Genus page: Euphorbia.
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=875, retrieved 26 April 2019

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