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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical & S. Africa.

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
A many-stemmed, much-branched spreading shrub or small tree up to 5 m tall.
Morphology General Bark
Bark silver-grey.
Morphology Stem
Stems minutely puberulous, soon glabrescent, or (var. pilosior) densely pubescent.
Morphology Leaves Petiole
Petioles 0.5–5 cm long, slender.
Morphology Leaves Leaf lamina
Leaf blades 1–8(9) × 0.5–5(5.5) cm, elliptic-ovate to rhombic-ovate, obtuse or acuminate at the apex, crenate or crenate-serrate except at the base, wide-cuneate to subtruncate at the base, membranous, glabrous or sparingly to evenly (var. pilosior) pubescent or villous on both surfaces, and sometimes also puberulous along the midrib above, 3(5)-nerved from the base; lateral nerves in 2–4 pairs.
Morphology Leaves Stipules
Stipules 3–4 mm long, linear-lanceolate, ± glabrous, persistent, light brown.
Note
Plants usually monoecious.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences up to 3.5 cm long, spicate, axillary, androgynous mostly with clusters of male flowers and a solitary basal female flower, or the lower inflorescences all male and with solitary axillary female flowers in the upper axils; male bracts minute; female bracts accrescent to 5 × 10 mm, spathaceous, transversely ovate, shallowly 5–7-lobed, nervose, 1-flowered.
sex Male
Male flowers: pedicels 1 mm long, capillary; buds somewhat knobbly, glabrous; anthers white.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flowers sessile; sepals 3, minute, ovate, acute, pilose; ovary 0.5 mm in diameter, 3-lobed to subglobose, densely setose; styles 3–5 mm long, shortly united at the base, laciniate, whitish. Male flowers: pedicels 1 mm long, capillary; buds somewhat knobbly, glabrous; anthers white.
sex Female
Female flowers sessile; sepals 3, minute, ovate, acute, pilose; ovary 0.5 mm in diameter, 3-lobed to subglobose, densely setose; styles 3–5 mm long, shortly united at the base, laciniate, whitish.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruits 2 × 3 mm, 3-lobed, echinulate, pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 1.5 × 1.5 mm, globose, smooth.

Native to:

Angola, Botswana, Cape Provinces, KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Zimbabwe

Acalypha glabrata Thunb. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Prodr. Pl. Cap.: 117 (1800)

Accepted by

  • Calane da Silva, M., Izdine, S. & Amuse, A.B. (2004). A Preliminary Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Mozambique: 1-184. SABONET, Pretoria.
  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • 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.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca
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Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0