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Tembwahata pans, Gonarezhou National Park.
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Croton plicatus Vahl
Description: Prostrate or more or less erect, branched annual or perennial herb, up to 50 cm. Most parts densely covered in greyish stellate hairs. Leaves rhombic-ovate, up to 7 × 5 cm with a long petiole, plicate-undulate, especially when young, 3-5-veined from the base with 2 dark purple glands at the base; margin more or less entire or obscurely toothed. Flowers in leaf-opposed or pseudo-axillary inflorescences, covered in stellate hairs, unisexual. Male flowers orange-yellow or pinkish; female flowers, crimson-red, Fruit up to 5 × 9 mm, 3-lobed, densely covered in stellate hairs, reddish or bluish-purple when ripe.
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Habitat: In alluvial soils on floodplains, mudflats and margins of pans.
Altitude range: (metres)
Up to 610 m
Worldwide distribution: Throughout tropical Africa to northern SouthAfrica. Also in Egypt, Syria, Palestine and western Arabia.
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Monday 24 March 2008
Euphorbiaceae Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Pages 141 - 143. (Includes a picture). Comments
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Chrozophora plicata.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=134850, retrieved 21 February 2017
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