4428.000 Aleurites J.R. Forst. & G. Forst.

Description of the genus

Monoecious trees with stellate indumentum. Stipules minute. Leaves alternate, entire or palmately-lobed (often together on same tree). Inflorescences. terminal, in the form of a thyrse; male and female flowers in same inflorescence. Male flowers: calyx splitting into 2-3 lobes; petals 5, alternating with disk glands; stamens c.20, inner united into a column. Female flowers: calyx 2-lobed; petals as for male flowers; ovary 2-locular; styles 2, erect. Fruit large, indehiscent, shallowly 2-lobed with 4 ridges.

Derivation of name: from Greek aleuron, floury or farinose, referring to some species appear to be dusted with flour

Worldwide: 2 species, one (ours) from the Indopacific region. cultivated in tropical Africa and the other a Hawaiian endemic

Malawi: 1 cultivated taxon.

Aleurites moluccana

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moluccana (L.) Willd.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Aleurites:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Aleurites
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Aleurites
Flora of Zimbabwe: Aleurites
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Aleurites

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aleurites
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Aleurites
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Aleurites
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Aleurites
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Aleurites
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Aleurites
JSTOR Plant Science: Aleurites
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Aleurites
Plants of the World Online: Aleurites
Tropicos: Aleurites
Wikipedia: Aleurites

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Cultivated plants: genus page: Aleurites.
https://www.malawiflora.com/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1595, retrieved 17 April 2024

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