Croton bonplandianus

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  • Botanical Name : Croton bonplandianus Baill.
  • Synonyms : Croton sparsiflorus Morong
  • Plant Family : Euphorbiaceae
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Croton bonplandianus Plant :

  • Habit : Tall herbs.
  • Leaves : Ovate-lanceolate, serrate, biglandular at base, opposite or whorled at ends of branches, stellate hairy beneath.
  • Inflorescence : Spikes.
  • Flowers : Pale-creamy-yellow or nearly white, androgynous spikes, males fascicled above, females solitary below.
  • Fruit :
    • Capsule 3-angled, stellately hairy, oblong or roundish, separating into 3 cocci.
    • Seeds shining, spongy, oblong with a white cap.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : Almost throughout the year.
  • Significance : Generally found as road side and wasteland weed.