Croton triqueter Lam.

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Croton triqueter

Photo: Ishmael Sithole
Mapembe Nature Reserve, Zimbabwe

Croton triqueter

Photo: Ishmael Sithole
Mapembe Nature Reserve, Zimbabwe

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Synonyms: Cicca triquetra (Lam.) Kuntze
Croton cordatus Vell.
Julocroton phagedaenicus Mart.
Julocroton triqueter (Lam.) Didr.
Common names:
Status: Introduced
Shrub. Leaves: petiole 3-4 cm long, later becoming as along as the leaf lamina: lamina ovate-triangular, 8-12 × 3-8 cm, shortly and densely stellate-pubescent above, finely stellate-pubescent beneath; margin crenate; apex acuminate; base ± cordate. Spikes almost strobiliform, 2.5-3.5 cm long × 10-12 mm thick. Flowers subsessile; male petals linear-spathulate with pilose filaments. Three anterior fruiting calyx segments ovate, deeply pinnate-lacerate. Fruit a capsule, 4 mm long.
Notes: The following notes have been provided by Ishmael Sithole who first reported the existence of this species as a naturalised plant. "The plant is widespread in the eastern highlands of Manicaland, stretching from Nyanga to Chipinge via Vumba and Chimanimani. It's proving to be very invasive in these highlands with spectacular rapid growth. It takes over pastures and lumbered areas at amazing speed if left unattended. However, it's a darling for bees, rich in nectar and pollen producing a honey with a light almost colourless hue and with very low moisture content and thick viscosity. It is even more pronounced in Mozambique, especially in Sussundenga District, in areas like Chizizira and Samora. I had the opportunity to visit these areas in Feb training beekeepers there and they praise it for its nectar and pollen which make the district of Sussundenga a major producer of honey with a light hue."
Derivation of specific name: triqueter: 3-cornered or 3-angled
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Worldwide distribution: Mexico to Venezuela and Bolivia
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Macbride, J.F. (1951). Flora of Peru: Euphorbiaceae Botanical Series 13 (3A/1) Field Museum of Natural History Pages 90 - 91.

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Flora of Mozambique: Croton triqueter

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Croton triqueter
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Croton triqueter
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Croton triqueter
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Croton triqueter
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Croton triqueter
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Croton triqueter
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Croton triqueter
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Croton triqueter
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Croton triqueter
Ispot Southern Africa: Croton triqueter
JSTOR Plant Science: Croton triqueter
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Croton triqueter
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Croton triqueter
The Plant List (version 1.1): Croton triqueter
Tropicos: Croton triqueter

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Croton triqueter., retrieved 19 April 2018

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