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  1. Family: Euphorbiaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Croton L.
      1. Croton talaeporos Radcl.-Sm.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Somalia, SE. Kenya.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    A monoecious or sometimes dioecious many-stemmed small or large tree up to 10 m. tall.
    Twigs
    Older twigs pale grey or brownish, conspicuously lenticellate. Young twigs sparingly stellate-pubescent, soon glabrescent.
    Bark
    Bark rough.
    Leaves
    Petioles 1–4.5 cm. long, sparingly stellate-pubescent at first, later becoming glabrous; leaf-blade elliptic-ovate, ovate or broadly triangular-ovate, 4–14 cm. long, 3–10 cm. wide, obtusely acuminate to roundly obtuse and emarginate, rounded-truncate or very shallowly cordate, with  2 sessile or sometimes subsessile or shortly stipitate discoid basal glands not visible from above, somewhat coarsely crenate or crenate-serrate, chartaceous, 5–7-nerved from the base, remaining lateral nerves 3–5(–8) pairs, slightly prominent beneath, sparingly stellate-pubescent above and beneath at first, later becoming quite glabrous.
    Stipules
    Stipules linear-oblong, 1–2 mm. long, ± glabrous, soon caducous.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes terminal, 8–20 cm. long, either all ♂, or mostly ♂ with 1–2 ♀ flowers at the base, or the lower quarter–third ♀ and the upper two-thirds–three-quarters ♂; axis evenly stellate-pubescent; bracts linear, 2 mm. long, sparingly stellate-pubescent or subglabrous, soon caducous.
    Flowers
    Male flowers:pedicels 3–7 mm. long, sparingly stellate-pubescent; sepals 5(–6), ovate, 2.5 mm. long, 2 mm. wide, subacute, subglabrous without, glabrous within, densely white villous on the margins; petals 5, oblong, 3 mm. long, 1.25 mm. wide, subacute or acute, glabrous without and within, villous on the margin especially towards the apex, white; disc-glands free, rounded; stamens 16–18, filaments 3 mm. long, glabrous, anthers 0.8 mm. long; receptacle densely pilose. Female flowers:pedicels 2–4 mm. long, stouter than the ♂ pedicels, extending to 7–10 mm. in fruit, densely stellate-pubescent; sepals 5, triangular, 3 mm. long, 2 mm. wide at the base, acute, sparingly stellate-pubescent without, puberulous within towards the apex, ciliate on the margin; petals 3–5, filiform, 1–2 mm. long, subglabrous; disc-glands as in the ♂; ovary subglobose-subtrilobed, 3 mm. diameter, densely fulvous stellate-tomentose; styles 3, spreading, 3.5 mm. long, completely glabrous, deeply bipartite, the lobes tape-like, entire or shortly 3-fid at the apex.
    Male
    Male flowers:pedicels 3–7 mm. long, sparingly stellate-pubescent; sepals 5(–6), ovate, 2.5 mm. long, 2 mm. wide, subacute, subglabrous without, glabrous within, densely white villous on the margins; petals 5, oblong, 3 mm. long, 1.25 mm. wide, subacute or acute, glabrous without and within, villous on the margin especially towards the apex, white; disc-glands free, rounded; stamens 16–18, filaments 3 mm. long, glabrous, anthers 0.8 mm. long; receptacle densely pilose.
    Female
    Female flowers:pedicels 2–4 mm. long, stouter than the ♂ pedicels, extending to 7–10 mm. in fruit, densely stellate-pubescent; sepals 5, triangular, 3 mm. long, 2 mm. wide at the base, acute, sparingly stellate-pubescent without, puberulous within towards the apex, ciliate on the margin; petals 3–5, filiform, 1–2 mm. long, subglabrous; disc-glands as in the ♂; ovary subglobose-subtrilobed, 3 mm. diameter, densely fulvous stellate-tomentose; styles 3, spreading, 3.5 mm. long, completely glabrous, deeply bipartite, the lobes tape-like, entire or shortly 3-fid at the apex.
    Fruits
    Fruits ovoid-subglobose to subtrilobed, 2.6–2.8 cm. long, 2.2–2.5 cm. wide, tardily loculicidal, sparingly to evenly adpressed stellate-pubescent.
    Seeds
    Seeds compressed-ellipsoid, 2 cm. long, 1.1 cm. wide, brown, dull, with a whitish caruncle 5 mm. wide.
    Figures
    Fig. 26.
    Habitat
    Coastal bushland and wooded grassland; 0–100 m.
    Distribution
    K7

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, Somalia

    Other Data

    Croton talaeporos Radcl.-Sm. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jul 21, 1971 Rawlins, S. [602], Kenya K000347462 holotype

    Bibliography

    First published in Kew Bull. 27: 506 (1972)

    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.
    • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • A.R.-Sm. in Kew Bulletin 27: 506 (1972).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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