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This species is accepted, and its native range is Angola, Zambia.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

Euphorbiaceae, A. Radcliffe-Smith. Flora Zambesiaca 9:4. 1996

Morphology General Habit
A perennial herb up to c. 30 cm tall, arising from a woody rootstock; stems several, simple, puberulous to pubescent.
Morphology Leaves Petiole
Petiole not more than 2 mm long, or leaves sessile.
Morphology Leaves Leaf lamina
Leaf blades 3–10 × 1.5–3 cm, narrowly elliptic-lanceolate or lanceolate, the lowermost sometimes obovate, acute at the apex (the lowermost usually obtuse), serrate on the margins, tapered or rounded at the base, chartaceous, sparingly setose with bulbous-based hairs on the upper surface, more evenly pubescent beneath, drying dull brown, ± penninerved with 9–10 pairs of lateral nerves, fairly prominent beneath, tertiary nerves closely parallel.
Morphology Leaves Stipules
Stipules 3 mm long, linear.
Note
Plants dioecious or sometimes monoecious.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Male racemes up to 2 cm long, axillary, solitary, sometimes with a female flower at the base; bracts resembling the stipules. Female flowers solitary or in pairs in the axils of the upper leaves, sessile; bracts c. 4–5 × 6 mm when mature, palmatifid, c. 20-fid to halfway, the segments 1.5–3 mm long, linear-lanceolate to subulate, alternately long and short, pubescent, eglandular, 1-flowered.
sex Male
Male racemes up to 2 cm long, axillary, solitary, sometimes with a female flower at the base; bracts resembling the stipules. Male flowers: pedicels less than 0.5 mm long; buds subglobose, puberulous, purplish-tinged; anthers minute.
sex Female
Female flowers solitary or in pairs in the axils of the upper leaves, sessile; bracts c. 4–5 × 6 mm when mature, palmatifid, c. 20-fid to halfway, the segments 1.5–3 mm long, linear-lanceolate to subulate, alternately long and short, pubescent, eglandular, 1-flowered. Female flowers: sepals oblong, minute, acute, pubescent; ovary c. 1 mm in diameter, globose, densely fulvous-tomentose; styles 3–8 mm long, free, pectinately lacinulate, minutely puberulous, red.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flowers: sepals oblong, minute, acute, pubescent; ovary c. 1 mm in diameter, globose, densely fulvous-tomentose; styles 3–8 mm long, free, pectinately lacinulate, minutely puberulous, red. Male flowers: pedicels less than 0.5 mm long; buds subglobose, puberulous, purplish-tinged; anthers minute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruits 4 × 4 mm, subglobose, pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 2 × 1.5 mm, ovoid, smooth, dark brown.

Native to:

Angola, Zambia

Acalypha fuscescens Müll.Arg. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Welwitsch [430], Angola K000431082 Unknown type material

First published in A.P.de Candolle, Prodr. 15(2): 821 (1866)

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.

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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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