Euphorbia uhligiana (?)

Euphorbia uhligiana, photo © by Michael Plagens

Off Magadi Road, near Oltepesi, Kenya. Dec. 2015.

LEAFLESS:Leaves are present on new growth, but are quickly shed.

SHRUB: Usually a small shrub,, 0.5 meters tall with many radiating stems from base.

FLOWERS: The flowers are actually very small and grouped into small cup-like structures that in turn have bright yellow glands arount the margin. These structures resemble small yellow flowers.

RANGE: Many, many species of succulent euphorbs in Africa. This one grows on arid rocky soils in Kenya and Tanzania. Toxic chemicals and sharp thorns resist goats and cattle.

FRUIT: Three-parted capsules.


Euphorbia uhligiana, photo © by Michael Plagens

Euphorbiaceae -- Spurge Family

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 25 Sept. 2015