1. Family: Phyllanthaceae Martinov
    1. Genus: Thecacoris A.Juss.
      1. Thecacoris usambarensis Verdc.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya to Tanzania.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    An erect many-stemmed shrub 1–2 m. tall.
    Twigs
    Twigs brownish or purplish brown, sparingly lenticellate.
    Shoots
    Young shoots fulvous pubescent, soon glabrescent.
    Leaves
    Petioles 4–5 mm. long, sparingly pubescent; leaf-blade elliptic, (3–)5–10 cm. long, (1.5–)3–5 cm. wide, obtuse or shortly obtusely acuminate, cuneate, subentire, thinly chartaceous, slightly fleshy, lateral nerves 6–8 pairs, looped within the margin, sometimes only incompletely, with no additional series of loops and a scarcely visible tertiary nerve network, scarcely prominent above or beneath, glabrous above, puberulous especially on the midrib beneath at first, later glabrescent, dull above and beneath, dark green above, much paler beneath.
    Stipules
    Stipules triangular-lanceolate, 1.5–2 mm. long, sharply acute, subglabrous.
    Inflorescences
    Female racemes solitary, 3–4 cm. long, extending to 9–13 cm. in the fruiting stage, pedunculate; axis and bracts ± as in the ♂ inflorescences. Male racemes catkin-like, solitary, 2–6.5 cm. long, shortly pedunculate; axis evenly to densely puberulous; bracts broadly triangular-ovate, 1.5 mm. long, acuminate, puberulous, persistent.
    Female
    Female racemes solitary, 3–4 cm. long, extending to 9–13 cm. in the fruiting stage, pedunculate; axis and bracts ± as in the ♂ inflorescences. Female flowers:pedicels 1.5 mm. long, glabrous, extending to 7 mm. in the fruiting stage; sepals ovate, 1 mm. long, acute, subglabrous, ciliate; petals 0; disc 1.3 mm. diameter, ciliate; ovary subglobose, 1.5 mm. long, 2 mm. diameter, smooth, glabrous; styles 1 mm. long, subglabrous.
    Flowers
    Male flowers:pedicels 2 mm. long, glabrous; sepals suborbicular, 1 mm. long, 0.8 mm. wide, rounded, subglabrous, ciliate, green; petals 0; disc-glands clavate, 0.5 mm. long, pubescent; stamens 1.5 mm. long, anthers 0.5 mm. long, yellow; pistillode 0.7 mm. high, 1 mm. wide, obconic, concave at the apex. Female flowers:pedicels 1.5 mm. long, glabrous, extending to 7 mm. in the fruiting stage; sepals ovate, 1 mm. long, acute, subglabrous, ciliate; petals 0; disc 1.3 mm. diameter, ciliate; ovary subglobose, 1.5 mm. long, 2 mm. diameter, smooth, glabrous; styles 1 mm. long, subglabrous.
    Male
    Male flowers:pedicels 2 mm. long, glabrous; sepals suborbicular, 1 mm. long, 0.8 mm. wide, rounded, subglabrous, ciliate, green; petals 0; disc-glands clavate, 0.5 mm. long, pubescent; stamens 1.5 mm. long, anthers 0.5 mm. long, yellow; pistillode 0.7 mm. high, 1 mm. wide, obconic, concave at the apex. Male racemes catkin-like, solitary, 2–6.5 cm. long, shortly pedunculate; axis evenly to densely puberulous; bracts broadly triangular-ovate, 1.5 mm. long, acuminate, puberulous, persistent.
    Fruits
    Fruit trilobate, depressed, 3.5 mm. long, 7 mm. diameter, glabrous.
    Seeds
    Seeds 2.5 mm. long, 1.5 mm. wide, striate, reddish brown.
    Habitat
    Lowland dry evergreen forest and associated bushland, sometimes on limestone; 200–244 m.
    Distribution
    K7 T3 not known elsewhere

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, Tanzania

    Thecacoris usambarensis Verdc. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Aug 1, 1994 Greenway, P.J. [5929], Kenya K000406524 isotype
    Aug 1, 1994 Greenway, P.J. [5929], Kenya K000406525
    Greenway, P.J. [5929], Tanzania K000453339

    First published in Kew Bull. 7: 357 (1953)

    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 of Tropical East Africa
    • Verdc. in Kew Bulletin 7: 357 (1952).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
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