Leidesia procumbens (L.) Prain
  • Ann. Bot. (Usteri)


Cite taxon page as 'WFO (2020): Leidesia procumbens (L.) Prain. Published on the Internet;http://www.worldfloraonline.org/taxon/wfo-0000224367. Accessed on: 06 Jul 2020'

Morphology

A weak, rather soft diffusely branched annual herb; stems up to 30 cm high or in extent, glabrous, subpellucid, green .Lower leaves opposite, upper leaves alternate.

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    Petioles 1–3 cm long.

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    Stipules 0.5–1 mm long, subulate to linear-lanceolate.

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    Leaf blades 1.5–4.3 × 1–3 cm, ovate, obtuse or subacute at the apex, truncate or wide-cuneate at the base, crenate-dentate on the margins except at the base, very thinly membranaceous, 3–5-nerved from the base, glabrous or almost so beneath; lateral nerves in 3–4 pairs, sparingly pubescent above.

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    Male flowers: pedicels c. 1 mm long; calyx lobes 0.5 mm long, ovate, acute, glabrous, greenish-white; stamens minute.

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    Inflorescences 1–2.5 cm long; male bracts 1–1.5 mm long; female bracts 4–5 × 1–1.5 mm.

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    Fruit usually 2 × 2–3 mm, 2-lobed, smooth, apically setose, stramineous, purplish tipped.

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    Female flowers ± sessile; calyx lobe, when present, resembling a stipule; ovary c. 1 mm in diameter, 2-lobed, apically setose, the setae with bulbous based hairs, green, tipped purplish; styles c. 1 mm long.

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    Seeds 1.5 × 1.2 mm, reticulate, shiny, dark brown to black.

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    Succulent herb, up to 250 m tall. Leaves long-petioled, very thinly membranous, deltoid-ovate, margin shallowly crenate, lobes 4 or more a side, sparingly pubescent above. Flowers green.

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    Monoecious, soft, often sprawling annual to 30 cm. Leaves ovate, lobed to coarsely toothed, thinly hairy. Flowers axillary, males in spike-like cymes at branch tips, females solitary, greenish.

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    Habitat

    Forest.

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    Forests and bush.

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    Distribution

    Cape Peninsula to Mpumalanga.

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      Bibliography

    • 1 Euphorbiaceae, A. Radcliffe-Smith. Flora Zambesiaca 9:4. 1996
    • 2 Ann. Bot. (Usteri)
    • 3 Herman, PPJ; Retief, E. 1997. Plants of thenorthern provinces of South Africa: keys and diagnostic characters. Strelitzia 6: 1 - 681. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • 4 Manning, JC; Goldblatt, P. 2012. Euphorbiaceae: Leidesia Mll.Arg. 519 - 519. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.

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    e-Flora of South Africa
    e-Flora of South Africa. v1.21. 2018. South African National Biodiversity Institute. http://ipt.sanbi.org.za/iptsanbi/resource?r=flora_descriptions&v=1.21
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