Cephalocroton mollis Klotzsch

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Cephalocroton mollis

Photo: Penny English
Along the road in the Chamalaya area of the Bubye Valley Conservancy.

Cephalocroton mollis

Photo: Penny English
Along the road in the Chamalaya area of the Bubye Valley Conservancy.

Cephalocroton mollis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to Mahenye, Ndowoyo CL.

Cephalocroton mollis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to Mahenye, Ndowoyo CL.

Cephalocroton mollis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to Mahenye, Ndowoyo CL.

Cephalocroton mollis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to Mahenye, Ndowoyo CL.

Cephalocroton mollis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to Mahenye, Ndowoyo CL.

Cephalocroton mollis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to Mahenye, Ndowoyo CL.

Cephalocroton mollis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to Mahenye, Ndowoyo CL.

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Synonyms: Cephalocroton depauperatus Pax & K. Hoffm.
Cephalocroton pueschelii Pax
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Erect perennial herb or woody shrub, to 3.5 m tall. Stem densely stellate-hairy when young becoming glabrous and greyish with white lenticels. Leaves: lamina 1-10.5 ×0.5-5 cm, ovate-oblong to oblong-lanceolate, stellate-hairy to ± glabrous above, more densely hairy beneath, 3-5-veined from the base. Stipules 1-4 mm, filiform. Male flowers borne in a head on a 1-10 cm peduncle; female flowers arranged in a whorl of 1-4 at its base. Male flowers: calyx lobes 4, ovate; stamen filaments orange-yellow. Female flowers: sepals 6, 4 × 2 mm, expanding to 2.5 × 1 cm in fruit, 2-pinnatipartite. Fruit 3-lobed, pubescent.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: mollis: soft
Habitat: Hot dry lowveld, in sandy soils, dry watercourses, grassy pans; also in mopane woodland and scrub.
Altitude range: (metres) 335 - 1070 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia.
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 1 February 2015
Literature:

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 40.

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Pages 149 - 151. (Includes a picture).

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


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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. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Cephalocroton mollis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=135490, retrieved 22 September 2017

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