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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania (Singida).

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    An erect, monoecious pubescent branched urticating subshrub up to 30 cm.
    Leaves
    Petioles 5–8 mm. long; blade ovate, 3–5 cm. long, 1.7–3 cm. wide, acute, cordate, sharply serrate, membranaceous, 5–9-nerved from the base, lateral nerves 3–4 pairs, not prominent above, scarcely so beneath, evenly pubescent and with stinging hairs along the main nerves above and beneath.
    Stipules
    Stipules lanceolate, 4–5 mm. long, sparingly pubescent.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences leaf-opposed, 5–10 cm. long, the peduncles 1.5–4 cm. long, mostly ♂ with 1–2 basal ♀ flowers; axis densely pubescent, somewhat urticating; ♂ bracts elliptic-lanceolate, 2.5 mm. long, acute, entire, pubescent, 3-flowered; bracteoles smaller than, otherwise similar to, the bracts; ♀ bracts obtrullate, 5 mm. long, lobulate in the upper half, otherwise entire, pubescent, 1-flowered; bracteoles smaller than, otherwise similar to, the bracts.
    Flowers
    Male flowers:pedicels 1 mm. long, pubescent; buds ovoid; calyx-lobes ovate, 2 mm. long, subcucullate, densely pubescent without, glabrous within, yellow; stamens 0.5 mm. long, filaments as long as the anthers; pistillode minute, triangular. Female flowers:pedicels 1–2 mm. long; calyx-lobes 3, 2 mm. long and wide and suborbicular in outline at first, expanding to 7–8 mm. long and 10–11 mm. wide in fruit, and becoming transversely ovate in outline, with several lateral bipartite lobules on each side, pubescent and urticating without and within; ovary trilobate, 2 mm. diameter, densely pubescent; styles 3, 2.5 mm. long, united at the base, sparingly pubescent, the stigmas suberect, ± smooth, glabrous.
    Male
    Male flowers:pedicels 1 mm. long, pubescent; buds ovoid; calyx-lobes ovate, 2 mm. long, subcucullate, densely pubescent without, glabrous within, yellow; stamens 0.5 mm. long, filaments as long as the anthers; pistillode minute, triangular.
    Female
    Female flowers:pedicels 1–2 mm. long; calyx-lobes 3, 2 mm. long and wide and suborbicular in outline at first, expanding to 7–8 mm. long and 10–11 mm. wide in fruit, and becoming transversely ovate in outline, with several lateral bipartite lobules on each side, pubescent and urticating without and within; ovary trilobate, 2 mm. diameter, densely pubescent; styles 3, 2.5 mm. long, united at the base, sparingly pubescent, the stigmas suberect, ± smooth, glabrous.
    Fruits
    Fruit trilobate, 5 mm. long, 8–9 mm. wide, smooth, evenly pubescent and beset with stinging hairs; stylar column elongating to 4 mm. in fruit.
    Seeds
    Mature seeds not known.
    Habitat
    In sandy soil under trees; 1524 m.
    Distribution
    known only from the type T5

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Tanzania

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

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Dec 5, 1983 Hammond, M.M. [264], Tanzania K000453292 holotype

    First published in Kew Bull. 40: 232 (1985)

    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 40: 232 (1985).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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