Croton species

Click on the images below to see larger versions.

Scientific Name Croton lindheimeri (Croton capitatus var. lindheimeri) USDA PLANTS Symbol
CRCAL2
Common Name Hogwort, Lindheimer's Hogwort, Woolly Goatweed ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
511813
Family Euphorbiaceae (Spurge) Flora of North America Ref.
Click Here
Description Habitat: Dry prairies, overgrazed pastures, rocky hills, open woodlands, and roadsides; usually sandy or limestone soils.
Plant: Annual 8 to 40 inches tall, branched; yellow-brown stem hairs on newer growth, becoming smooth.
Leaves: Pale-green ovate-lanceolate blades 1/1/4 to 2-3/4 inches long; margins entire, sharply pointed tips; petioles longer (up to 2-3/4 inches) below, becoming much shorter (about 1/2-inch long) near branch tips.
Inflorescence: Bisexual blossoms in short racemes 0.6 to 1.2 inches long, with 8 to 15 staminate (male) flowers and 2 to 7 pistillate (female); hairy sepals: male flowers with 5, female with 7 to 8; male flowers with 5 petals, female with none.
Fruit: Capsules about 1/4-inch diameter, hairy. 3-seeded.
References: Descr. adapted from Flora of North America, Shinner and Mahler's Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas, and Kansas Wildflowers.
Texas Status
Native
Scientific Name Croton monanthogynus USDA PLANTS Symbol
CRMO6
Common Name One-seed Croton, Prairie Tea ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
28283
Family Euphorbiaceae (Spurge) SEINet Reference
Click Here
Description Dry habitat, limestone/caliche soils; erect annual 1 to 3 feet tall; alternate, hairy green leaves; inconspicuous white flowers, separate staminate (male) and Pistillate (female) flowers. Leaves can be used to make tea. Texas Status
Native

© Tom Lebsack 2017