Codiaeum variegatum

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Codiaeum variegatum (L.) Rumph. ex A.Juss.
  • The name of the genus is probably from Greek for head, the coloured leaves being used for crowning-wreaths or from the Malyan name.

  • Common Name : Croton
  • Plant Family : Euphorbiaceae
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 5, 18, 20, 28
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation, Indroda Park, Van Chetana Kendra

About Codiaeum variegatum Plant :

  • Habit : Evergreen herb with wide variety of size, shape and colour of leaves.
  • Leaves :
    • Simple, alternate, broad, narrowly lanceolate, linear, narrow-linear, lobed or constricted in the middle; margins entire, crisped or specially twisted or with appendages.
    • There is a range of colour from green to yellow through orange, shades of red to almost black, striped, spotted or blotched in different colours.
  • Inflorescence : Axillary racemes.
  • Flowers : Tiny inconspicuous star-shaped yellow flowers that hang down.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : After monsoon.
  • Significance : A popular foliage plant grown in pot and ground.