Croton macrostachyus Hochst. ex Delile

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Croton macrostachyus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Thazima Gate, Nyika National Park

Croton macrostachyus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Thazima Gate, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Croton butaguensis De Wild.
Croton zambesicus sensu De Wild. pro parte; non Müll. Arg.
Common names: Broad-leaved Croton (English)
Status: Native
Spreading tree up to 30 m tall. Bark smooth to finely reticulate, pale grey or greyish-brown, slightly corky. Brachlets greyish stellate-pubescent when young. Leaves ovate, 6–18 cm long, 5–7-veined from the base, pointed at the apex cordate at the base with a pair of glands at the base beneath, sparingly stellate-pubescent above, more densely so beneath; margin shallowly crenate-serrate to subentire; petiole 3–12 cm long, stellate pubescent; stipules linear to filiform-setaceous, 5–7 mm long, falling early. Flowers in terminal racemes up to 35 cm long, fragrant, unisexual usually on different trees sometimes together on the same tree, pale creamy-yellow. Female flowers sometimes with petals absent. Fruit up to 1.5 cm long and wide, slightly 3-4-lobed, rough and stellate-pubescent, pale greyish-green.
Derivation of specific name: macrostachyus: large-spiked
Habitat: Evergreen forest, Brachystegia woodland and wooded grassland, often on rocky hillsides, on termitaria.
Altitude range: 825 - 2150 m
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Worldwide distribution: Wisdespread in tropical Africa and Madagascar.
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
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Content last updated: Monday 22 April 2019

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White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Page 248.

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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: Species information: Croton macrostachyus., retrieved 22 July 2024

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