1. Family: Euphorbiaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Tragia Plum. ex L.
      1. Tragia cinerea (Pax) M.G.Gilbert & Radcl.-Sm.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Eritrea to S. Kenya.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    A perennial, monoecious densely greyish to fulvous pubescent but sparingly setose twining herb.
    Leaves
    Petiole 0.5–1 cm. long; blade triangular-lanceolate, 5–6 cm. long, 2–2.5 cm. wide at the base, acutely acuminate, fairly deeply and narrowly cordate, not or scarcely 3-lobed, serrate, firmly membranous, ± 7-nerved from the base, lateral nerves 3–4 pairs, not prominent above and scarcely so beneath, evenly to densely pubescent above, densely so beneath, with a few scattered stinging hairs above and beneath towards the base.
    Stipules
    Stipules lanceolate, 5–7 mm. long, acute, entire, sparingly pubescent, erect at first, later reflexed.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences leaf-opposed, 2.5–7 cm. long, the peduncles 0.3–3 cm. long, distally ♂ with 1–2 ♀ flowers below; axis densely pubescent; ♂ bracts linear-lanceolate, 2.5–3.5 mm. long, acute, entire, sparingly pubescent, reflexed and then upturned, 2–3-flowered; bracteoles linear, 1–1.5 mm. long; ♀ bracts lanceolate, 4 mm. long, with 1 or 2 teeth at the base, 1-flowered; bracteoles like the ♂ bracts.
    Male
    Male flowers:pedicels ± 1 mm. long, puberulous; buds trilobate-subglobose, sparingly pubescent; calyx-lobes ovate-suborbicular to elliptic-ovate, 1.3 mm. long, 1–1.2 mm. wide, subacute, sparingly pubescent to subglabrous without, glabrous within; stamens 0.8 mm. long, filaments stout, anthers 0.5 mm. across; pistillode minute, trifid.
    Flowers
    Female flowers:pedicels 1 mm. long, stouter than in ♂, pubescent, not extending in fruit; calyx-lobes 6, ± elliptic in outline, 2–2.5 mm. long, 1.5 mm. wide, accrescent to 7.5 mm. long and 4 mm. wide, with 6–7 linear to subulate lobules on each side, the lobules longer than the width of the rhachis, and a terminal lanceolate lobule being a continuation of the rhachis, the rhachis sparingly puberulous to pubes-cent without, glabrous within, becoming quite indurated in fruit, the lobules pubescent without, and setose on the margins and within, the rhachis stramineous, the lobules greenish; ovary trilobate-subglobose, 1.5–2 mm. diameter, densely setose on the keels, elsewhere puberulous to pubescent; styles 3, 1.5–2 mm. long, united for ± half their length, the free parts suberect, the stigmatic surfaces smooth. Male flowers:pedicels ± 1 mm. long, puberulous; buds trilobate-subglobose, sparingly pubescent; calyx-lobes ovate-suborbicular to elliptic-ovate, 1.3 mm. long, 1–1.2 mm. wide, subacute, sparingly pubescent to subglabrous without, glabrous within; stamens 0.8 mm. long, filaments stout, anthers 0.5 mm. across; pistillode minute, trifid.
    Female
    Female flowers:pedicels 1 mm. long, stouter than in ♂, pubescent, not extending in fruit; calyx-lobes 6, ± elliptic in outline, 2–2.5 mm. long, 1.5 mm. wide, accrescent to 7.5 mm. long and 4 mm. wide, with 6–7 linear to subulate lobules on each side, the lobules longer than the width of the rhachis, and a terminal lanceolate lobule being a continuation of the rhachis, the rhachis sparingly puberulous to pubes-cent without, glabrous within, becoming quite indurated in fruit, the lobules pubescent without, and setose on the margins and within, the rhachis stramineous, the lobules greenish; ovary trilobate-subglobose, 1.5–2 mm. diameter, densely setose on the keels, elsewhere puberulous to pubescent; styles 3, 1.5–2 mm. long, united for ± half their length, the free parts suberect, the stigmatic surfaces smooth.
    Fruits
    Fruits roundly trilobate, 5–6 mm. long, 8–9 mm. diameter, evenly setose on the keels and uniformly puberulous.
    Seeds
    Seeds 3.5 mm. diameter, pale yellowish grey, marbled chestnut.
    Habitat
    Riverine thicket and scrub; 1200 m.
    Distribution
    K6

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia

    Tragia cinerea (Pax) M.G.Gilbert & Radcl.-Sm. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Kew Bull. 40: 394 (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
    • M. Gilbert & A. R.-Sm. in Kew Bulletin 40: 394 (1985).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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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/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    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/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0