Clutia paxii Knauf ex Pax

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Clutia paxii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near summit plateau Castle Beaon, Vumba

Clutia paxii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near summit plateau Castle Beaon, Vumba

Clutia paxii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near summit plateau Castle Beaon, Vumba

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Synonyms: Clutia phyllanthoides S. Moore
Cluytia gracilis Hutch.
Cluytia stenophylla Pax & K. Hoffm.
Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Virgate small shrub up to 2.5 m tall. Leaves obovate to elliptic-lanceolate, mostly up to c. 3 × 1.5 cm, green above, greyish-green beneath, hairless or sparingly pubescent on both surfaces, turning bright red when older; lateral veins often very indistinct; petiole 0.5-3 mm. Flowers unisexual on different plants. Male flowers in many-flowered clusters, greenish-white to yellowish, with 2-3 glands at the base of the petals. Female flowers solitary or in pairs, greenish-yellow. Fruit c. 4 × 4 mm, hairless, green to dull reddish-brown.
Derivation of specific name: paxii: possibly for Ferdinand Albin Pax (1858-1942), German botanist and entomologist, professor of botany and zoology at the Technical University of Wroclaw and Director of the Botanical Garden at Breslau.
Habitat: In ericoid scrub and on the margins of submontane forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 1525 - 2400 m
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Worldwide distribution: DRC (Kivu), Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Thursday 17 May 2012

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Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 48.

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Pages 129 - 139.

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Page 247.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 97.

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Clutia paxii
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Flora of Mozambique: Clutia paxii
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Clutia paxii
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Clutia paxii
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Wikipedia: Clutia paxii

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: Species information: Clutia paxii., retrieved 29 May 2024

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