‘Ekoko (Chamaesyce celastroides)

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

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E. celastroides grows as a medium-sized shrub or small tree reaching 2 metres (6.6 ft) in height. To grow properly, this species requires temperatures of 15 -C (59 -F) and light shade. This plant develops in a fashion similar to a shrub. In the summer, it assumes a red-violet colouring. It does not lose its leaves in the winter, due to the warm climate of its range. Female flowers have a three-part pistil over a three-part ovary, usually producing three (or sometimes more) seeds. This species is tolerant of heat and drought. They are susceptible to fungal diseases. Its cyathia may be located in short or open-branched cymes, or remain ungrouped in leaf axils. The leaves are distichous (grow in two vertical rows) and may have a glaucous coating. This plant produces a green or brown, rounded fruit 2 to 4 mm long, containing grey-brown seeds 0.5 to 2.5 mm long.