Euphorbia cotinifolia L.

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Common names: Caribbean copper plant (English) Chocolate bush (English) Mexican shrubby spurge (English) Red spurge (English)
Description: Unarmed small tree or shrub usually up to 5 m. Leaves opposite or in whorls of 3: petiole long, 2-8 cm; lamina broadly ovate to subcircular, 2-6 × 2-4 cm, reddish-purple; margin entire; base subtruncate, apex obtuse. Bracts small. Inflorescence of small few-branched cymes consisting of tiny cyathia bearing 4-6 purplish glands with creamy-white, semi-circular, lobed, petaloid appendages. Capsules smooth, glabrous.
Notes: This species could be confused with Cotinus coggygria; see that species for the differences.
Derivation of specific name: cotinifolia: with leaves like Cotinus (Anacardiaceae)
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Worldwide distribution: Native from Mexico to tropical America
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Euphorbia cotinifolia
African Plant Database: Euphorbia cotinifolia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Euphorbia cotinifolia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Euphorbia cotinifolia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Euphorbia cotinifolia
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iNaturalist: Euphorbia cotinifolia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Euphorbia cotinifolia
JSTOR Plant Science: Euphorbia cotinifolia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Euphorbia cotinifolia
Plants of the World Online: Euphorbia cotinifolia
Tropicos: Euphorbia cotinifolia
Wikipedia: Euphorbia cotinifolia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Euphorbia cotinifolia., retrieved 30 May 2024

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