Manihot carthagenensis glaziovii (Müll.Arg.) Allem

Etymology Genus From Manioc, the Brazilian name for the plant
Species From from Cartagena (Columbia); After Auguste François Marie Glaziou, 20th century French plant collector in Brazil
Family Euphorbiaceae
Synonyms -
Common Names Ceara Rubbertree
Status Exotic: Naturalised
Form Shrub
Native Distribution Brazil


Manihot carthagenesis subspecies glaziovii is a common shrub that is usually found at forest edges under bright sun. The leaves are palmately lobed that are broader that the tip, and usually comes with red petioles. 

It closely resembles a relative, the Tapioca (Manihot esculenta) but the latter have smaller leaves as well as narrow and more linear leaf lobes. The colour of the petiole is usually green too.

Interesting Facts:

While currently classified as a subspecies under Manihot carthagenesis, da Silveira et al. (2019) suggested that based on morphological and ecological traits, phylogenetic evidence, and haplotype network analysis, this be placed as a unique separate species as Manihot glaziovii.

A hedge of Ceara Rubbertree at Upper Seletar.

Leaf with red petiole.

Bell-like flowers.

Male flower.

Crimson Sunbird obtaining nectar.


da Silveira TC, Martins ALL, Rody HVS, de Oliveira LO. (2019) Evolutionary history of Manihot carthagenensis (Euphorbiaceae) and allied species in eastern South America. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 132: 207-218.

Author: Jake
Posted: 2018-12-29 / Modified: 2019-08-27