Aleurites moluccana (L.) Willd.

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Aleurites moluccana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Edge of camp site, Chirinda Forest

Aleurites moluccana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Edge of camp site, Chirinda Forest

Aleurites moluccana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Edge of camp site, Chirinda Forest

Aleurites moluccana

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road to Chirinda Forest camp site

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Synonyms: Jatropha moluccana L.
Common names: Candlenut tree (English) Tung-nut (English)
Description: Tree up to 10 m tall. Young shoots, inflorescences and petioles brown-stellate-tomentose. Leaves ovate, 3-5-veined from the base, entire or up to 5-lobed with a pair of discoid sessile glands at the base of the lamina; petiole 6-22 cm long. Inflorescences broadly conical. Petals 6-8 mm, yellowish-white. Fruit up to 4 × 5.5 cm, shallowly 2-lobed and with 4 ridges.
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Worldwide distribution: Tropical Asia from India and China to Polynesia and New Zealand
Growth form(s): Tree.
Insects associated with this species: Micraphe lateritia (Larval foodplant)
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Biegel, H.M. (1977). Check-list of ornamental plants used in Rhodesian parks and gardens. Rhodesia Agricultural Journal. Research Report No. 3. Page 20.

Drummond, R.B. & Mapaure, I. (1994). List of Flowering Plants and ferns [of Chirinda Forest] In Chirinda Forest - A Visitor Forestry Commission, Harare Page 141.

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Pages 200 - 202. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aleurites moluccana
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Aleurites moluccana
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Aleurites moluccana
The Plant List (version 1.1): Aleurites moluccana
Tropicos: Aleurites moluccana

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Mozambique: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Aleurites moluccana., retrieved 21 July 2018

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