Tag Archives: Euphorbiaceae

Vernicia montana (Euphorbiaceae)

For over a year the identity of this shrub vexed me, even after it flowered, even after it fruited. The strongly raised extrafloral nectaries were quite indicative of a Euphorbiaceae. I wasn’t sure if it was native or not, as … Continue reading

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Croton insularis (Euphorbiaceae)

A very attractive tree because of the leaves with covered with silvery scales, particularly on the underside. Like it’s relative Croton triacros, this species is a successional species. Another distinctive feature of the species is the two protuberances or glands … Continue reading

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Flueggea virosa (Phyllanthaceae)

This shrub of coastal areas has white edible berries which has been used as Bush Tucker. The flowers occur as clusters and so do the resultant white berries, which resemble currants. It has therefore been called White Currant or Snowball … Continue reading

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Aleurites rockinghamensis (Euphorbiaceae)

This tree is also known as the Candlenut and is a very common tree in rainforest. At certain times of the year when this tree is in flower, the canopy stands out due to the whitish hairs that clothe the … Continue reading

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Mallotus polyadenos (Euphorbiaceae)

This shrub to small tree of rainforest is commonly known as the Kamala, or the Green Kamala (Kamala is an an Indian name for Lotus). This species does not have the typical gestalt of a Mallotus (relative to the much … Continue reading

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Croton triacros (Euphorbiaceae)

A rather non-descript tree at first sight, this tree becomes very easy to identify with familiarity. The leaves have a soft fleshy texture and possess a pair of glands at the petiole near the base of the leaf lamina. Also, … Continue reading

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Microstachys chamaelea (Creeping Sebastiana) (Euphorbiaceae)

Previously known as Sebastiana chamaelea, this is a creeping native herb of sandy places. My experience of this herb has always been in coastal areas. The fruits are unmistakable, with the reddish protuberances. Also, the way the numerous male flowers … Continue reading

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