Astrocasia, Chascotheca and Chinese Lantern
Flowers without petals
Family: EUPHORBIACEAE (subfamily Phyllanthoideae) / PHYLLANTHACEAE
Astrocasia tremula (Griseb.) G.L. Webster
Dioecious arborescent glabrous shrub or small tree.
Leaves Alternate on long slender petioles, pinnate-veined, whitish-glaucous on the underside, often deciduous before flowering.
Chascotheca neopeltandra (Griseb.) Urb. synonym C. domingensis
Dioceous shrub, branchlets with horizontal frond-like habit;
Leaves Alternate, 3 veined from the base, petioles 2-6mm long, blades 1-4cm long, pale or glaucous beneath
Grand Cayman, Cuba and Hispaniola in rocky limestone thickets
Phyllanthus nutans ssp. nutans Sw. Chinese Lantern
Leaves Alternate, always pinnate-veined, short-petiolate, blades up to 8 cm long, often somewhat glaucous or purple-tinged beneath.
Grand Cayman, Jamaica and the Swan Islands, in various habitats, the Cayman plants in dry, rocky woodlands
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