in D. Oliver, Fl. Trop. Afr. 2: 558. 1871.
Stems glabrous or subscabrous except sparsely hairy at nodes. Leaves: petiole 1–5 cm; stipuliform bracts, suborbiculate, 6–15 (–20) mm, basally clasping stem, margins stiffly spreading-ciliate; blade broadly ovate to broadly ovate-cordate or suborbiculate, usually distinctly and deeply lobed, 3.5–9 cm, lobes obovate to ovate-oblong or elliptic, base cuneate-attenuate, surfaces scabrous at least on veins and margins. Floral bracts 1–3 mm. Peduncles 2–7 mm (pistillate), 20–40 mm (staminate). Flowers: hypanthium 0.5–1 mm; sepals reflexed, 0.5–1 mm. Fruits 1.3–1.5 cm, peduncles 2.5–7 mm. Seeds whitish, 7.5–11 mm.
Phenology: Flowering Aug–Sep.
Habitat: Chrome ore piles
Elevation: 0 m
Introduced; Md., Africa, also in Asia
Ctenolepis cerasiformis was collected by C. F. Reed in 1958 at temporary unloading sites for chrome ore from cargo ships in the Port of Baltimore. The plants are distinctive in their annual duration, deeply lobed leaves, foliaceous stipuliform bracts with stiffly ciliate margins, tiny white flowers, and small, few-seeded, smooth, red, berrylike fruits on relatively short peduncles.