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    01 / 26 / 2019

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    Richard Couture


I purchased a plant some time ago and IDed it as euphobia enterophora and today purchasd another by the name e. alcicornis. I can se no visual difference between them IUCN lists enterophora as accepted and Least Concern while it lists e. alcicornis as accepted and Critically Endangered. I’ve checked Cat of Life, Kews, IUCN, SANBI, as well as others and find that they are treated as separate plants, but how can I determine what I have as photos of either plant looks exactly like the other…???


  • laura735 Master Identifier says:

    I want to add that information links to plants species and could also be wrong or out of date. Again I’m not a botanist and don’t have the latest flora’s data. I do appreciate these interesting & informative links you provided. Thank you & best wishes Richard! Laura

    January 29th, 2019 at 12:40am

  • laura735 Master Identifier says:

    Yes, what fun & for me headache with the changing taxa and according to sources, Euphorbia species are often misidentified even by the experts. I’m not an expert so in garden plants I’m content with their genera ID. And here is one of the bread crumb trails link to Euphorbia ramipressa. You can check with them for further inquiry. Best wishes!

    January 28th, 2019 at 11:38pm

  • Richard Couture Master Identifier says:

    So, Finally, after much searching I have narrowed it down to 2 accepted names with lots of synonyms. euphorbia ramipressa for e. alcicornis and e. xylophylloides for e. enterophora That narrows down the search a bit. Thanks Richard

    January 28th, 2019 at 6:46pm

  • Richard Couture Master Identifier says:

    I found the ref to the sysnonym of Euphorbia ramipressa for Euphorbia alcicornis at the Euphorbia Planetary Biodiversity Inventory project Thanks Richard

    January 28th, 2019 at 6:43pm

  • Richard Couture Master Identifier says:

    Where did you locate a ref that says that E. ramipressa syn. E. alciornis? Checking Kews Plant List, Cat of Life and IPNI all indicate that these are, all three, separate species… with e. xylophylloides a synonym for Euphorbia enterophora IUCN lists e. enterophora as Least Concern e. alcicornis as critically endangered e. ramipressa not assessed and e. xylophylloides not assessed ALL are listed as accepted names… What fun Thanks Richard .with Thanks Richard

    January 28th, 2019 at 5:28pm

  • laura735 Master Identifier says:

    Information for Euphorbia ramipressa.

    January 28th, 2019 at 4:13am

  • laura735 Master Identifier says:

    Flowers of E. ramipressa.

    January 28th, 2019 at 4:52am

  • laura735 Master Identifier says:

    Link to E. ramipressa syn. E. alciornis. Click on image to enlarge.

    January 28th, 2019 at 4:35am

  • laura735 Master Identifier says:

    Hi Richard, according to sources, Euphorbia enterophora has branches that flattened leaf-like, spineless & slightly waxy round apex. On the E. aliconis, this is a synonym of E. ramipressa. Its branches are angled. Check out these included links for its leaves & flowers for both species to compare. I’m not an expert and the plant in the second photo doesn’t have enough clues to tell more. Maybe you could give us an update as it matures. Best wishes!

    January 28th, 2019 at 4:02am

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