4483.010 Sclerocroton Hochst.

SAPIUM P. Browne p.p.

Description of the genus

Monoecious shrubs or trees, hairless, with milky latex. Stipules linear. Leaves alternate, simple, without glands; margin serrate or entire, often with 1-2 marginal glands. Inflorescence a terminal elongate spike, lax at maturity, all male or with 1(-2) female flowers at the base. Male flowers: calyx open in bud, 3(-4)-lobed; petals 0; stamens 2-3. Female flowers: calyx 3(-4)-lobed; petals 0; ovary 3-lobed, each lobe with 2 appendages; styles 3. Fruit 3-lobed, dehiscent. Seeds smooth, ecarunculate.

Worldwide: 6 species in tropical and South Africa and Madagascar

Zambia: 3 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
cornutus (Pax) Kruijt & Roebers B,WNw,WImage
oblongifolius (Müll. Arg.) Kruijt & RoebersB,W,SNw,S,WDescription, Image
schmitzii (J. Léonard) Kruijt & RoebersN,WNw,Lp,C

Other sources of information about Sclerocroton:

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Flora of Mozambique: Sclerocroton
Flora of Zimbabwe: Sclerocroton
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Sclerocroton

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Sclerocroton
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Sclerocroton
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Sclerocroton
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Sclerocroton
JSTOR Plant Science: Sclerocroton
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Sclerocroton
Plants of the World Online: Sclerocroton
Tropicos: Sclerocroton
Wikipedia: Sclerocroton

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Sclerocroton.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1625, retrieved 27 February 2024

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