Lightning Bush

Clutia abyssinica

a Euphorbiaceae, probably Clutia abyssinica, photo © by Michael Plagens

In a fence row near Limuru Ponds, Nairobi, Kenya. January 2014.

LEAVES: Alternate on stems. Margins smooth. Broadly elyptic with soft pubescence.

SHRUB: Plant observed was about a meter tall. Apparently regrowing rapidly after being cut and therefore with larger, softer leaves than usual. Leaves turn orange as they age and senesce.

FLOWERS: Small green to white flowers; females mostly solitary and males in clusters.

flower of Croton alienus
RANGE: Reported to be common at forest edges and in early secondary growth in highland areas in Kenya.

FRUIT: Three-parted capsules.


Euphorbiaceae -- Spurge Family

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 14 August 2014