Croton megalobotrys Müll. Arg.

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Croton megalobotrys

Photo: Bart Wursten
Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Croton megalobotrys

Photo: Bart Wursten
Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Croton megalobotrys

Photo: Bart Wursten
Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Croton megalobotrys

Photo: Bart Wursten
Long Pool Viewing Point, Mana Pools

Croton megalobotrys

Photo: Bart Wursten
Svisvi River bridge, Gokwe District.

Croton megalobotrys

Photo: Bart Wursten
Svisvi River bridge, Gokwe District.

Croton megalobotrys

Photo: Bart Wursten
Svisvi River bridge, Gokwe District.

Croton megalobotrys

Photo: Bart Wursten
Svisvi River bridge, Gokwe District.

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Synonyms: Croton gubouga S. Moore
Common names: Feverberry (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or small to medium-sized tree. Bark pale grey, smooth with lines of whitish lenticels and watery sap. Leaves alternate, ovate, up to 18 × 13 cm but often smaller, densely covered in stellate hairs, particularly below, 3-5-veined from the base; base rounded to shallowly cordate with two glands next to the petiole below; margin roughly toothed. Flowers pale creamy-yellow in terminal spikes, unisexual, both sexes on the same spike. Fruit a 3-lobed capsule, c. 3 cm in diameter, green, somewhat woolly only when young.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: megalobotrys: in big bunches, referring to the fruit.
Habitat: On alluvial soils along rivers and swamps.
Altitude range: (metres) 150 - 1070 m
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Caprivi-Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Limpopo and Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
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Images last updated: Sunday 21 February 2016
Literature:

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 328 - 329. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 252.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 89. (Includes a picture).

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Pages 288 - 289.

Roodt, V. (1998). Trees and Shrubs of the Okavango Delta Shell Field Guide Series: Part I Shell Oil Botswana, Gaberone. Pages 70 - 71. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 56.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 207.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Croton megalobotrys.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=134790, retrieved 5 December 2016

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