Cavacoa J. Léonard

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

Description of the genus

Dioecious shrubs or trees Stipules soon falling, leaving conspicuous subannular scars. Leaves alternate, petiolate, simple, entire, penninerved. Inflorescences terminal, racemose, strobiliform when young; bracts broad, soon falling. Male pedicels jointed; calyx closed in bud, later splitting into 2(4) unequal valvate lobes; petals 4–5, free, imbricate; disk glands 4–5(6), free, alternating with the petals, fleshy. Female pedicels stout, jointed; sepals (4)5, free, imbricate; petals 5, free, imbricate; disk hypogynous, cupuliform, fleshy; ovary 3–5-locular, with 1 ovule per loculus. Fruit 3-5-lobed, dehiscing loculicidally or septicidally into 3–5 bivalved cocci; pericarp thin, crustaceous; endocarp thick, woody.

Worldwide: 3 species in tropical Africa.

Malawi: 1 taxon.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
aurea (Cavaco) J. LéonardS

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Cavacoa., retrieved 4 December 2023

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