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Kingdom: Plantae (2625)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2528)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2137)

      Order: Malpighiales (111)

        Family: Euphorbiaceae (77)(family description)

          Genus: Croton (6)

            Epithet: gratissimus Burch. (1)

Synonyms: Croton amabilis Müll.Arg., Croton antunesii Pax, Croton microbotryus Pax, Croton welwitschianus Müll.Arg., Croton zambesicus Müll.Arg., Oxydectes amabilis (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze, Oxydectes gratissima (Burch.) Kuntze, Oxydectes welwitschiana (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze, Oxydectes zambesica (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze

amabilis => lovely

gratissima => gratifying, with great pleasure

gratissimus => gratifying, with great pleasure

welwitschianus => in honor of Friedrich Martin Josef Welwitsch (1806-1872), Austrian explorer and botanist working in Portugal and Angola

zambesica => from the Zambezi river area in south eastern Africa

zambesicus => from the Zambezi river area in south eastern Africa


Climate: tropical

Habit: arborescent

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