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.
Worldwide: 2 species, one (ours) from the Indopacific region. cultivated in tropical Africa and the other a Hawaiian endemic
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Other sources of information about Aleurites:Flora of Zimbabwe
: cultivated Aleurites pageePIC
(electronic Plant Information Center): AleuritesFlora Zambesiaca
web site: AleuritesGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for AleuritesIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): AleuritesKew Herbarium catalogue
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings, 2002-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. & Ballings, P.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Aleurites.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1595, retrieved 25 May 2013