Croton zeylanicus Müll.Arg., Linnaea 34: 107 1865. (Syn: Croton hypoleucus Dalzell [Illegitimate]; Oxydectes zeylanica (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze);
 
KROH-tun — Greek: kroton (tick) due to the seed’s similarity in shapeDave’s Botanary
zey-LAN-ee-kus — of or from Ceylon (Sri Lanka)Dave’s Botanary

commonly known as: Ceylon crotonMalayalam: പൊരിവട്ട porivattaMarathi: पांढरी pandhari

 


Habit- Large shrubs to small trees up to 4 m tall.

Branches and Branchlets- Branchlets terete, stellate scaly.
Leaves- Leaves usually alternate, spiral, sometimes subopposite; stipules subulate, caducous; petiole 0.5-2.5 cm long, canaliculate, stellate scaly; lamina 7-18 x 1.8-4.5 cm, narrow elliptic-oblong to lanceolate, apex narrowly long acuminate, base acute, margin entire, chartaceous, densely silvery stellate scaly beneath; stipitate glands 1-2 pairs at the junction of petiole and lamina; secondary nerves 5-10 pairs, lower most pair opposite and acute in angle; tertiary nerves broadly percurrent.
Inflorescence / Flower- Inflorescence in terminal racemes, clothed with silvery scales; flowers unisexual, monoecious.
Fruit and Seed- Capsule ovoid-oblong, slightly 3-lobed, reddish-brown stellate; seeds 3.
Undergrowth in evergreen forests up to 1500 m.
Western Ghats and Sri Lanka; in the Western Ghats- occasional in South and Central Sahyadris.
(Attributions- B. R. Ramesh, N. Ayyappan, Pierre Grard, Juliana Prosperi, S. Aravajy, Jean Pierre Pascal, The Biotik Team, French Institute of Pondicherry.               


 
 

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ANDEC78 Croton(?) sp.for identification : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (19).
Agumbe, Karnataka
26th December 2014
Male and female flowers clicked from two different plants that were part of the same colony in the same area.
Habit: Shrub


Most probably Croton zeylanicus.


Thank you very much sir.

Here is another photo: Attachments (1)


The opposite leaves (sometimes), the stipitate basilaminar glands of leaves together with stellate hairs on the upper surface and the lepidote scales on the inflorescenc axis and capsules are characteristic of Croton zeylanicus.


Thank you for the description sir.
I was indeed able to recognize the plant in various other locations during the trip due to the lepidote scales you mentioned peeling away when touched.
 

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 Agumbe :: Croton zeylanicus :: DVJAN49 : 4 posts by 3 authors. 6 images.

Agumbe Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka

Date: 26 DEC 2014 … Altitude: about 700 m asl

Croton zeylanicus Müll.Arg. (family: Euphorbiaceae) 
Many thanks to … for the ID in … post ANDEC78 


Excellent photos.


 

 

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via Species‎ > ‎C‎ >  Croton zeylanicus Müll.Arg. … family: Euphorbiaceae 
Flowers of India Discussions at efloraofindia more views in flickr more views on Google Earth
KROH-tun — Greek: kroton (tick) due to the seed’s similarity in shapeDave’s Botanary
zey-LAN-ee-kus — of or from Ceylon (Sri Lanka)Dave’s Botanary
commonly known as: Ceylon crotonMalayalam: പൊരിവട്ട porivattaMarathi: पांढरी pandhari
botanical names: Croton zeylanicus Müll.Arg. … synonym: Croton reticulatus Heyne ex Müll.Arg. • Oxydectes zeylanica (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze … BiotikThe Plants List (2013). Version 1.1.  


 
 
 

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