Ricinodendron Müll. Arg.

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

Description of the genus

Dioecious trees with swollen trunk and stellate indumentum. Leaves alternate, long-petiolate, palmate; petioles sometimes glandular at the apex; leaf segments sometimes pseudopetiolulate, penninerved; stipules persistent, large, foliaceous, sessile, palmatifid. Inflorescences terminal or subterminal, paniculate, the male larger than the female; bracts linear-setaceous. Male flowers shortly pedicellate; buds globose; calyx lobes 4–5, imbricate; petals 5, imbricate, laterally coherent. Female flowers pedicellate; calyx lobes 5, imbricate; petals more or less as in the male flowers; ovary 2–3-locular, with 1 ovule per loculus. Fruit indehiscent, 2- or 3-lobed, usually wider than long; pericarp coriaceous; mesocarp fleshy; endocarps 2 (3), rarely 1 by abortion, distinct, each subglobose, 1-locular, 1-seeded, thinly woody, smooth. Seeds subglobose, cotyledons broad, flat, palminerved.

Worldwide: One species in tropical Africa, mainly in the Guineo-Congolian region.

Mozambique: 2 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
heudelotii (Baill.) Pierre ex Heckel subsp. africanum (Müll. Arg.) J. Léonard var. africanum N
heudelotii (Baill.) Pierre ex Heckel subsp. africanum (Müll. Arg.) J. Léonard var. tomentellum (Hutch. & E.A. Bruce) Radcl.-Sm.N

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Tropicos: Ricinodendron
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Ricinodendron.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=2268, retrieved 11 December 2023

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