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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Subfamily: Crotonoideae
Tribe: Ricinodendreae
Genus: Ricinodendron
Binomial name
Ricinodendron heudelotii
  • Barrettia Sim
  • Jatropha heudelotii]] Baill.
  • Ricinodendron africanum Müll.Arg.
  • Ricinodendron gracilius Mildbr.
  • Barrettia umbrosa Sim
  • Ricinodendron tomentellum Hutch. & E.A.Bruce
  • Ricinodendron schliebenii Mildbr.

Ricinodendron is a plant genus in the family Euphorbiaceae first described as a genus in 1864.[2][3] It includes only one known species Njangsa (Ricinodendron heudelotii), native to tropical Africa from Senegal + Liberia east to Sudan and Tanzania and south to Mozambique and Angola.[1]

The mongongo fruit (Schinziophyton rautanenii) was previously considered a member of this genus but has since been placed into a genus of its own.

subspecies and varieties[1]
  1. Ricinodendron heudelotii subsp. africanum (Müll.Arg.) J.Léonard - tropical Africa from Nigeria east to Sudan and Tanzania and south to Mozambique and Angola
  2. Ricinodendron heudelotii subsp. heudelotii - W Africa from Senegal to Benin
  3. Ricinodendron heudelotii var. tomentellum (Hutch. & E.A.Bruce) Radcl.-Sm. - Kenya, Tanzania
formerly included[1]

moved to Schinziophyton

  1. R. rautanenii - Schinziophyton rautanenii
  2. R. viticoides - Schinziophyton rautanenii


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