1. Family: Euphorbiaceae Juss.
    1. Leidesia Müll.Arg.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Central Tropical & S. Africa.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Delicate monoecious annual herbs.
    Indumentum
    Indumentum simple.
    Leaves
    Leaves alternate, occasionally subopposite, petiolate, stipulate, simple, crenate-dentate, palminerved.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences terminal, racemose, bisexual, mostly male with a basal female flower, and also axillary glomerulate unisexual (female), sometimes consisting of a solitary bracteate female flower; male bracts several-flowered; female bracts resembling reduced foliage leaves.
    Flowers
    Male flowers pedicellate; calyx closed in bud, later splitting in to 3 valvate lobes; petals absent; disk absent; stamens 4–7, central, filaments short, ± connate at the base, anther-cells subglobose, distinct from the base, bivalved, the valves spreading; pistillode absent. Female flowers shortly pedicellate; calyx absent, or with 1 bracteiform lobe; petals absent; disk absent; ovary 2-locular, with 1 ovule per loculus; styles 2, ± free, filiform, undivided.
    Fruits
    Fruits 2-lobed or monococcous by abortion, dehiscing septicidally into 2 bivalved cocci, or into 2 valves; endocarp thinly crustaceous.
    Seeds
    Seeds ovoid-subglobose, ecarunculate; testa crustaceous; albumen fleshy; cotyledons broad and flat.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Cape Provinces, KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Leidesia Müll.Arg. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in A.P.de Candolle, Prodr. 15(2): 792 (1866)

    Accepted by

    • 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

    Flora Zambesiaca
    • in De Candolle, Prodr. 15, 2: 792 (1866).

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2018. 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 2018. 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