Argentina Northeast; Argentina Northwest; Belize; Benin; Bolivia; Borneo; Brazil
North; Brazil Northeast; Brazil South; Brazil Southeast; Brazil West-Central;
Burkina; Chagos Archipelago; Colombia; Costa Rica; Ecuador; French Guiana;
Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Honduras; India; Ivory Coast; Jamaica; Jawa;
Leeward Is.; Liberia; Malaya; Mexico Central; Mexico Gulf; Mexico Northwest;
Mexico Southeast; Mexico Southwest; New Guinea; Nicaragua; Paraguay; Peru;
Sierra Leone; Sumatera; Suriname; Tanzania; Thailand; Trinidad-Tobago;
Venezuela; Windward Is.; Zare
as per Catalogue of Life (Croton hirtus L’Hér.);
Common name: Hairy Croton

Erect dichotomously branched aromatic herbs upto 60 cm high; branchlets with white to pale yellow strigose-stellate hairs. Leaves 2.4-9 x 1.5-7.8 cm, ovate to ovate-oblong, base truncate, broadly cuneate or oblique, margins irregularly serrate, apex acute, stellate white hairy on both sides, 3-5-nerved from base, 2-stalked gland present at the base of lamina; petiole 0.3-6.5 cm long, stellate hairy; stipules 2-5 mm long, linear, stellate hairy. Inflorescence terminal, upto 4 cm long with multibranched numerous glandular hairs, female flowers below, male flowers above; bracts 2-4 mm long, linear, glandular hairy. Male flowers white; pedicels c. 1 mm long, stellate hairy; tepals 10, 2-seriate, white, 1.5-2 x 0.5-1 mm, obovate or oblanceolate, obtuse or acute at apex, stellate hairy without. Stamens many. Female flowers green; tepals 5; longer ones 3, c. 3 mm long, obovate; shorter ones 2, 1-1.5 mm long. Ovary c. 1.5 mm long, ovoid, stellate hairy. Capsules 3-5 x 3-4 mm, ovoid, stellate hairy. Seeds 2-3 mm long, trigonous, brown with black patches, caruncle cream.

Flowering and fruiting: Throughout the year
West Indies, Central and South America and Tropical Asia
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)



ID of Palakkad 25-June-14 : 4 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1).

Palakkad June 14.
Plant about one foot. Growing wild in urban areas.
Leafs have aromatic smell.


Croton hirtus

Yes, Croron glandulosus var. hirtus.




Request to identify the plant : 13 posts by 7 authors. Attachments (3)- around 900 kb each. 

Location: Thevara , Kerala
Date:1 July 2019
Elevation:22.97 feet

Seems to Acalypha sp. 


Yes, this is Acalypha malabarica Muell.-Arg.

Looks like Croton hirtus 
A close up of Infl. would facilitate correct ID

Thanks, …, for the id.
I also agree with you as per images, details and references at Croton glandulosus var. hirtus

Yes, it is correct. Another South American herb, Astraea lobata is silently creeping into India.

I agree with … Yes, it is Croton glandulosus var hirtus (L’Herit) Muell.Arg.

came with wheat in the seventies? or sixties????

Croton glandulosus var hirtus (L’Herit) Muell.Arg. SN31020 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (2)- around 900 kb each.
Invaded weed Croton glandulosus var hirtus (L’Herit) Muell. Arg in the roadside Nellikuppam, (Guduvanchery) near Chennai