Kew Bulletin

, Volume 63, Issue 1, pp 121–129 | Cite as

Three new species of Croton (Euphorbiaceae) from Brazil

  • Letícia Ribes de Lima
  • José Rubens Pirani


Croton imbricatus L. R. Lima & Pirani from Bahia, C. muellerianus L. R. Lima from Paraná and C. pygmaeus L. R. Lima from Rio Grande do Sul are described and illustrated. They are included in Croton section Lamprocroton (Müll. Arg.) Pax because they are much branched subshrubs or shrubs, bearing leaves with a lepidote indumentum (at least in part), inflorescences lacking bisexual cymules, and pistillate flowers with bifid styles.


Bahia Brazil Croton Croton imbricatus Croton muellerianus Croton pygmaeus Euphorbiaceae Paraná Rio Grande do Sul section Lamprocroton 


Croton imbricatus L. R. Lima & Pirani da Bahia, C. muellerianus L. R. Lima do Paraná e C. pygmaeus L. R. Lima do Rio Grande do Sul são descritas e ilustradas. Elas são representantes de Croton section Lamprocroton (Müll. Arg.) Pax e tal posicionamento sistemático é devido ao hábito arbustivo ou subarbustivo bastante ramificado, com indumento da folhagem lepidoto pelo menos em parte, inflorescências sem címulas bissexuadas e flores pistiladas com estiletes uma vez bífidos.



The authors are grateful to FAPESP for financial support for this research, and to Rogério Lupo for preparing the illustrations.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Letícia Ribes de Lima
    • 1
  • José Rubens Pirani
    • 2
  1. 1.Seção de Curadoria do HerbárioInstituto de BotânicaSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Departamento de Botânica, Instituto de BiociênciasUniversidade de São PauloSão PauloBrazil

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