Hura L.

This genus is accepted, and its native range is Mexico to Tropical America.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Large monoecious trees with a simple (localized) indumentum
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate, long-petiolate, stipulate, simple, entire, subentire or denticulate, penninerved, with a pair of glands at the apex of the petiole
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences subterminal or pseudaxillary, solitary, bisexual, the ♂ portion spicate, strobiliform at first, pedunculate, with a large solitary, stoutly pedicellate ♀ flower at the base; ♂ bracts 1-flowered, closed at first and pustuliform, later becoming ruptured as the flowers develop
sex Male
Male flowers subsessile; calyx open in bud, cupuliform, truncate, denticulate; petals 0; disc 0; stamens 8–many, filaments continuous with the produced connectives and connate into a stout clavate truncated column; anthers in 2 or more whorls around the upper part of the column, discrete, extrorse, thecae parallel, longitudinally dehiscent; pistillode 0
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flower: calyx cupular, truncate, entire, coriaceous, only loosely enveloping the ovary; petals 0; disc 0; ovary 5–20-locular, with 1 ovule per locule; styles 5–20, connate into a tall fleshy column, the arms free at the apex, radiately divergent, undivided Male flowers subsessile; calyx open in bud, cupuliform, truncate, denticulate; petals 0; disc 0; stamens 8–many, filaments continuous with the produced connectives and connate into a stout clavate truncated column; anthers in 2 or more whorls around the upper part of the column, discrete, extrorse, thecae parallel, longitudinally dehiscent; pistillode 0
sex Female
Female flower: calyx cupular, truncate, entire, coriaceous, only loosely enveloping the ovary; petals 0; disc 0; ovary 5–20-locular, with 1 ovule per locule; styles 5–20, connate into a tall fleshy column, the arms free at the apex, radiately divergent, undivided
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit large, 5–20-lobed, explosively dehiscing into 5–20 bivalved segmentiform cocci; exocarp fibrous; endocarp thick, ligneous; columella persistent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds laterally strongly compressed, ecarunculate; testa crustaceous, smooth; albumen fleshy; cotyledons suborbicular, flat.

Native to:

Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil North, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Leeward Is., Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Nicaragua, Panamá, Peru, Puerto Rico, Southwest Caribbean, Suriname, Trinidad-Tobago, Venezuela, Venezuelan Antilles, Windward Is.

Introduced into:

Benin, Central African Repu, Florida, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau

Hura L. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Sp. Pl.: 1008 (1753)

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

  • G.P. 3(1): 339 (1880)
  • L., Gen. Pl., ed. 5: 439 (1754)
  • Muell. Arg. in DC., Prodr. 15(2): 1228 (1866)
  • Pax in E.P. IV. 147(5): 271 (1912)
  • Prain in F.T.A. 6(1): 1019 (1913)
  • Sp. Pl.: 1008 (1753)

  • 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 2022. 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 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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