Croton pseudopulchellus Pax

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Croton pseudopulchellus

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

Croton pseudopulchellus

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

Croton pseudopulchellus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near railway line by road to Hwange NP, Main Camp

Croton pseudopulchellus

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

Croton pseudopulchellus

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

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Common names: Small lavender croton (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Bark roughish dark grey with watery sap; young branchlets reddish, covered in glandular scales. Leaves sub-opposite or whorled, elliptic to lanceolate, 1-8 cm long, aromatic when crushed, dark green and hairless above, densely covered in silver-white scales below often with numerous reddish-brown glandular scales; margin entire, rolled under. Flowers in spherical heads, pale creamy-yellow, unisexual, in the same or different heads on the same tree. Fruit a 3-lobed capsule, c. 10 mm in diameter, covered in pale yellowish-grey scales.
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Habitat: In hot and dry woodland, often on rocky or sandy soils.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1220 m
Flowering time:Oct - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Tropical Africa to Mpumalanga, Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Images last updated: Thursday 20 January 2011

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Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 41.

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Pages 277 - 278.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 56.

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 25.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Croton pseudopulchellus., retrieved 20 June 2024

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