1. Family: Euphorbiaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Tragia Plum. ex L.
      1. Tragia ballyi Radcl.-Sm.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya (Fort Hall).

    [FTEA]

    Euphorbiaceae, A. R.-Smith. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1987

    Habit
    A perennial, monoecious, pubescent, stinging erect herb up to 35 cm. tall, somewhat woody at the base.
    Leaves
    Petiole 2–9 mm. long; blade narrowly triangular-lanceolate, 2.5–5 cm. long, 0.75–2 cm. wide, acute, shallowly widely cordate, irregularly and coarsely dentate, membranaceous, 5-nerved from the base, lateral nerves 6–8 pairs, not prominent above, prominent beneath, sparingly setose above and beneath.
    Stipules
    Stipules lanceolate, at first erect, later reflexed, 3 mm. long, glabrous on both surfaces, pubescent on the margins.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences leaf-opposed, 2–4 cm. long, with the peduncles 0.5–2 cm. long, mostly ♂, with 2 basal female flowers; axis pubescent and stinging; ♂ bracts lanceolate, 1–1.3 mm. long, acute, entire, subglabrous, 1-flowered; bracteoles linear, minute; ♀ bracts elliptic-ovate, 3 mm. long, 1.5 mm. wide, otherwise as ♂; bracteoles narrowly lanceolate, 2 mm. long.
    Male
    Male flowers:pedicels 1 mm. long, subglabrous; buds globose; calyx-lobes broadly ovate, 1 mm. long and wide, cucullate, glabrous; stamens 0.75 mm. long, incurved, filaments thickened at the base, anthers minute; pistillode 0.
    Flowers
    Female flowers:pedicels 0.5 mm. long, thicker than those of ♂, pubescent; calyx-lobes 3, 2 mm. long, extending to 5 mm. in fruit, ovate in outline, with 4 subulate lateral lobules on each side, the terminal lobule also subulate, setose without, glabrous within; ovary trilobate, densely setose, 1.5 mm. diameter; styles 3, connate at the base, ± 1 mm. long, patent, recurved at the apex, the stigmatic surfaces papillose. Male flowers:pedicels 1 mm. long, subglabrous; buds globose; calyx-lobes broadly ovate, 1 mm. long and wide, cucullate, glabrous; stamens 0.75 mm. long, incurved, filaments thickened at the base, anthers minute; pistillode 0.
    Female
    Female flowers:pedicels 0.5 mm. long, thicker than those of ♂, pubescent; calyx-lobes 3, 2 mm. long, extending to 5 mm. in fruit, ovate in outline, with 4 subulate lateral lobules on each side, the terminal lobule also subulate, setose without, glabrous within; ovary trilobate, densely setose, 1.5 mm. diameter; styles 3, connate at the base, ± 1 mm. long, patent, recurved at the apex, the stigmatic surfaces papillose.
    Fruits
    Fruit trilobate, 3 mm. long, 6 mm. diameter, evenly setose.
    Seeds
    Mature seeds not known.
    Habitat
    Grassland on black cotton soil; 1160 m.
    Distribution
    K4 known only from the type

    Images

    Distribution

    Tragia ballyi Radcl.-Sm. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Dec 9, 1981 Bally, P.R.O. [B8378], Kenya K000237728 holotype
    Luke, W.R.Q. [TPR402], Kenya K000237729

    First published in Kew Bull. 37: 685 (1983)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R., Frodin, D.G. & Radcliffe-Smith, A. (2000). World Checklist and Bibliography of Euphorbiaceae (and Pandaceae) 1-4: 1-1622. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • A. R.-Sm. in Kew Bulletin 37: 685 (1983).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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