Croton gratissimus Burch.
var. gratissimus

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Croton gratissimus var. gratissimus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hot Springs, Save Valley

Croton gratissimus var. gratissimus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hot Springs, Save Valley

Croton gratissimus var. gratissimus

Photo: Rob Burrett
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Croton gratissimus var. gratissimus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hwange NP, on loop from Main Camp through Dopi Pan

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Synonyms: Croton welwitschianus Müll. Arg.
Croton zambesicus Müll. Arg.
Common names: Gunukira (Shona) Lavender croton (English) Mubangwa (Shona) Mufandemengwe (Shona) Mufarata (Shona)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or small tree. The leaves are very conspicuously silvery white underneath. It is distinguished from var. subgratissimus by the absence of stellate hairs on the upper surface of the leaves. Flower buds are present on the trees throughout the dry season but only open after the first rains.
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Habitat: Occurring over a wide range of habitat and altitudes, often associated with rocky terrain.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1525 m
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, occuring in 3 disjunct areas in W, NE and southern Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Literature:

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 61. as Croton gratissimus (Includes a picture).


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African Plant Database: Croton gratissimus
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JSTOR Plant Science: Croton gratissimus
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West African Plants database: Croton gratissimus


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Croton gratissimus var. gratissimus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=134730, retrieved 25 July 2014

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