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Bridelia micrantha

Aloe species, photo by Michael Plagens

Observed on the grounds of Kitale Museum, Kenya. January 2012.

LEAVES: The broadly elyptic leaves are dark shiny green on the top surface and paler beneath. The Phyllanthaceae was previously included in the Euphorbiaceae, but these plants do not have the milky sap characteristic of that family.

maturing fruit of Bridelia micrantha, photo © Michael Plagens TREE

FLOWERS: The flowers are small and creamy yellow, on very short stems, close to the twigs.


FRUIT: Elypsoid fruit are small with a tapering tip. Black when ripe and reportedly sweet,


Phyllantheaceae -- Phyllanthus Family

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