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FOC | Family List | FOC Vol. 11 | Euphorbiaceae | Excoecaria

2. Excoecaria venenata S. K. Lee & F. N. Wei, Guihaia. 2: 129. 1982.

鸡尾木 ji wei mu

Shrubs, up to 3 m tall, monoecious; branchlets green or purple, glabrous, longitudinally angular. Stipules ovate, 1-1.5 mm; petioles 3-5 mm, eglandular at apex; leaves opposite or occasionally alternate; leaf blade narrowly lanceolate or narrowly elliptic, 9-15 × 1.5-3 cm, subleathery, reddish or only veins adaxially purple when young, green on both surfaces, glabrous, base cuneate, margin sparsely serrulate, apex acuminate, with falcate mucro; midvein elevated on both surfaces, lateral veins 10-13 pairs, at 60°-80°. Flowers in axillary 8-20 mm racemes, female in lower part, male in upper part. Male flowers: bracts broadly ovate, ca. 1.2 × 1.2 mm, base bilateral, each with 1 rotund gland, each bract 1-flowered; bracteoles 2, linear, base 2-glandular; sepals 3, linear-lanceolate, margins sparsely serrulate; stamens 3, rarely 2, longer than sepals; anthers subglobose, slightly shorter than filaments. Female flowers not seen. Capsules globose, ca. 7 mm in diam., triangular; styles persistent. Seeds subglobose, ca. 4 mm in diam., with maculate stripes. Fl. Aug-Oct.

● Limestone forests, bushlands. SW Guangxi.

The leaves are used in Guangxi as a medicine for ringworm.


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