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This species is accepted, and its native range is SE. Kenya to Tanzania (incl. Zanzibar).

[FTEA]

Euphorbiaceae, A. R.-Smith. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1987

Morphology General Habit
A much-branched shrub up to 3 m. tall.
Morphology General Shoots
Young shoots densely or evenly pubescent or evenly to sparingly crisped-puberulous or subglabrous. Short shoots absent.
Morphology Leaves
Petioles (1.5–)3–9.5 cm. long, hairy like the shoots; leaf-blade elliptic-ovate or somewhat rhomboid-elliptic, (4–)7–14(–19) cm. long, (2–)4–8.5 cm. wide, acutely or obtusely acuminate, cuneate or occasionally rounded, serrate or crenate-serrate, membranous, strongly 3-nerved from the base, lateral nerves 5–6 pairs, sparingly pubescent to subglabrous above and beneath, more densely pubescent or sometimes puberulous or pilose on the midrib and main nerves beneath.
Morphology Leaves Stipules
Stipules subulate-setaceous, 4–6 mm. long, sparingly pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences spicate, solitary, axillary, usually borne towards the apices of the shoots, up to 22 cm. long, with 3–20 ♀ flowers occupying the upper quarter to two-thirds, the rest of the inflorescence ♂; axis crisped-puberulous; ♂ bracts minute; ♀ bracts triangular-ovate, 1 mm. long, acute, entire, ciliate, brownish.
sex Male
Male flowers subsessile or shortly pedicellate, the pedicels densely pubes-cent; buds subglobose, granulose toward the apex, sparingly pubescent or subglabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flowers sessile or subsessile; sepals 3, linear-lanceolate, 1.5 mm. long, acute, ciliate; ovary subtrilobate, 0.8 mm. diameter, echinate, evenly pubescent; styles ± free to the base, 3.5–6 mm. long, pectinate, whitish or greenish. Male flowers subsessile or shortly pedicellate, the pedicels densely pubes-cent; buds subglobose, granulose toward the apex, sparingly pubescent or subglabrous.
sex Female
Female flowers sessile or subsessile; sepals 3, linear-lanceolate, 1.5 mm. long, acute, ciliate; ovary subtrilobate, 0.8 mm. diameter, echinate, evenly pubescent; styles ± free to the base, 3.5–6 mm. long, pectinate, whitish or greenish.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruits trilobate, 2.2 mm. long, 4 mm. diameter, echinate, evenly pubescent and puberulous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds ovoid-subglobose, 1.5 mm. long, 1.2 mm. wide, smooth, brown, with a small apical caruncle.
Habitat
Forest undergrowth, edges and associated bushland; (100–)400–500 m.
Distribution
K7 T3 T6 T8 Z not known elsewhere

Native to:

Kenya, Tanzania

Acalypha engleri Pax appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Sep 13, 1991 Luke, W.R.Q. [1556], Kenya K000237865
Soleman [6090], Tanzania K000237873
Gillett, J.B. [23995], Kenya K000237863
Engler [357], Tanzania K000237884 holotype
Kibuwa, S.P. [5294], Tanzania K000237881
Magogo, F.C. [758], Tanzania K000237882
Faulkner, H.G. [926], Tanzania K000237874
Bidgood, S.C. [1388], Tanzania K000237886
Vaughan, J.H. [1344], Tanzania K000237885
Zimmermann, A. [1477], Tanzania K000237871
Borhidi, A. [87300], Tanzania K000237869
Magogo, F.C. [485], Kenya K000237862
War [2314], Tanzania K000237866
Verdcourt, B. [1922], Kenya K000237860
Drummond, R.B. [3489], Tanzania K000237876
Zimmermann, A. [s.n.], Tanzania K000237872
Borhidi, A. [86566], Tanzania K000237867
Drummond, R.B. [4036], Kenya K000237857
Faden, R.B. [8510], Kenya K000237864
Ruffo, C.K. [2159], Tanzania K000237870
Drummond, R.B. [4036], Kenya K000237858
Cribb, P. [10410], Tanzania K000237880
Drummond, R.B. [1861], Tanzania K000237878
Drummond, R.B. [1861], Tanzania K000237877
Ruffo, C.K. [1929], Tanzania K000237883
Magogo, F.C. [140], Kenya K000237861
Semsei, S.R. [1143], Tanzania K000237879
Drummond, R.B. [3489], Tanzania K000237875
Drummond, R.B. [4036], Kenya K000237859
Farkas, E. [86600], Tanzania K000237868

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 34: 372 (1904)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 1-529. MIM, Deurne.
  • Govaerts, R., Frodin, D.G. & Radcliffe-Smith, A. (2000). World Checklist and Bibliography of Euphorbiaceae (and Pandaceae) 1-4: 1-1622. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Muñoz-Rodríguez, P., Cardiel, J.M. & Atha, D. (2014). Acalypha subgenus Linostachys (Euphorbiaceae, Acalyphoideae): a global review Phytotaxa 166: 199-221.

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • A. Engler & O. Drude, Die Vegetation Der Erde, IX, Pflanzenwelt Afrikas 3(2): 95 (1921).
  • Hutch. in Flora of Tropical Africa 6(1): 898 (1912).
  • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 197 (1949).
  • Pax in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 34: 372 (1904).
  • Pax in A. Engler, Das Pflanzenreich IV. 147(16): 92 (1924).

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