‘Ekoko (Chamaesyce celastroides var. lorifolia)

AttributeValue
Accepted symbolCHCEL2
KingdomPlantae
SubkingdomTracheobionta
Super DivisionSpermatophyta
DivisionMagnoliophyta
ClassMagnoliopsida
OrderEuphorbiales
FamilyEuphorbiaceae
GenusChamaesyce
SpeciesChamaesyce celastroides var. lorifolia
Common Name'Ekoko
DurationPerennial
HabitatTree, Shrub

Nativity status map

Other resources

The Akoko Euphorbia celastroides var. lorifolia , previously also known as Chamaesyce celastroides var. lorifolia is one of the several varieties of the widespread and variableEuphorbia celastroides. It is a small shrub less than 60 cm tall or a small tree up to 5 metres that is easily distinguished by its long thin leaves. The flowers are not attractive. The red or pinkish fruits, however, enhance the beautiful foliage. The varietal name, lorifolia, strap-leaf, in reference to the long leaves of this -akoko. Stems: It forms a loosely branching trunk. The secondary or young branches are stiff, with short internodes.Leaves: Distichous (growing in two vertical rows), 5 to over 7.5 cm long light or medium green that may have a slight glaucous coating. Often the leaves in the summer assume a red-violet colouring. It does not lose its leaves in the winter, due to the warm climate of its range, but is drought-deciduous. Damaged or old leaves turn a blood red as they die.Flowers (cyathia): Small, brownish to greenish-white, not showy, a few millimeters in diameter, located in short or open-branched cymes, or ungrouped in leaf axils. Female cyathia have a three-part pistil over a three-part ovary, usually producing three (or sometimes more) seeds. The pungent flowers of -akoko have been described as smelling like bad breath. Fruit: Green or reddish-brown or pink, rounded 2 to 4 mm long. Within each capsule are two or three small seeds.Phenology: Euphorbia celastroides var. amplectens, produces flower and fruit sporadically throughout the year.Seeds: Grey-brown seeds 0.5 to 2.5 mm long.