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Species Information

Euphorbia grandicornis Goebel ex N.E.Br. subsp. grandicornis
(name current 2016)
Bigthorn Euphorbia
(Euphorbia grandicornis)


Growth form: Tree
Restricted distribution within southern Africa
Local abundance: occasional

Red Data Book Information:
Status: LR lc Distribution: Chindene, Big Bend Very common where it occurs. Also in Ndumo, South Africa.

Regional distribution:
Also in Ndumo, South Africa.

Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Euphorbia grandicornis - Much-branched formidable shrub, branches deeply constricted into 34-ridged joints up to 8 cm long and wide, bearing broad-based pairs of stout straight spines up to 4 cm long; small additional prickles often present. Clusters of flowers arise on edges of terminal joints. Fruits three-lobed, c 1 cm diam.

* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.

Included in Tree Atlas.

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