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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Mozambique.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    A many-stemmed tree up to 7 m tall.
    Shoots
    Young shoots densely fulvous stellate-pubescent and rusty-spotted, later glabrescent and minutely verruculose.
    Stipules
    Stipules 2–5 mm long, subulate-filiform, sparingly stellate-pubescent.
    Petiole
    Petioles 1–3 cm long.
    Leaf lamina
    Leaf blades 3–6 × 3–7 cm, 3-lobed, often with additional smaller lobes alternating with the 3 main lobes, all lobes obtuse at the apex, subtruncate at the base with 2 sessile ochreous disciform glands on the lower surface, chartaceous, fulvous-tomentose when young, later sparingly stellate-pubescent on upper surface and more evenly so beneath; 5–7-nerved from the base, lateral nerves 2–4 in the middle lobe, not prominent above, scarcely so beneath.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes 10 cm long, terminal, androgynous; bracts resembling the stipules.
    Male
    Male flowers: pedicels c. 1 mm long; sepals 5, 3 × 2 mm, ovate, acute, stellate-tomentose without, glabrous within; petals 5, 3 × 1 mm, oblanceolate, obtuse, subglabrous but densely ciliate on the margins; disk glands 5, acute, minute; stamens 10–17, filaments 1.5 mm long and glabrous, anthers 0.75 mm long with a broad connective; receptacle densely white-villous.
    Flowers
    Female flowers: pedicels c. 2 mm long, stouter than in the male; sepals 5, 4 × 1.5 mm, triangular-lanceolate, acute, stellate-pubescent without, glabrous within; petals absent; disk 5-lobed, the lobes triangular-conoidal, fleshy; ovary 3 mm in diameter, bilobate-subglobose, densely stellate-tomentose; styles 2, c. 5 mm long, suberect, deeply bipartite with filiform segments, sparingly appressed stellate-pubescent abaxially, otherwise glabrous. Male flowers: pedicels c. 1 mm long; sepals 5, 3 × 2 mm, ovate, acute, stellate-tomentose without, glabrous within; petals 5, 3 × 1 mm, oblanceolate, obtuse, subglabrous but densely ciliate on the margins; disk glands 5, acute, minute; stamens 10–17, filaments 1.5 mm long and glabrous, anthers 0.75 mm long with a broad connective; receptacle densely white-villous.
    Female
    Female flowers: pedicels c. 2 mm long, stouter than in the male; sepals 5, 4 × 1.5 mm, triangular-lanceolate, acute, stellate-pubescent without, glabrous within; petals absent; disk 5-lobed, the lobes triangular-conoidal, fleshy; ovary 3 mm in diameter, bilobate-subglobose, densely stellate-tomentose; styles 2, c. 5 mm long, suberect, deeply bipartite with filiform segments, sparingly appressed stellate-pubescent abaxially, otherwise glabrous.
    Fruits
    Fruit and seeds unknown.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Mozambique

    Other Data

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

    Bibliography

    First published in Kew Bull. 45: 555 (1990)

    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.

    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 2020. 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 2020. 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