Croton insularis— Silver Croton—EUPHORBIACEAE

Croton insularis

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Habitat—In subtropical,littoral and dry rainforest, also in eucalypt and brigalow forests.

Distribution—From Kurrajong New South Wales to Queensland.

Description—Shrub to small tree to 15 m high, crowns often with occasional leaves turning red or orange before falling.

Local occurrences

Black Head, Burgess Beach, Cape Hawke, Cliff Road, Dixon Property, One Mile Beach, Red Head and Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire, undersurface covered with minute silvery scales, upper surface with scattered pale dots and sometimes scales, lamina ovate to elliptic, 3 to 8 cm long, 1 to 3 cm wide, margins entire, upper surface green and ± glabrous with fine translucent dots; lower surface silvery with a dense covering of scales, secondary veins obscure; petiole 10 to 25 mm long, glands sessile.

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Inflorescence—Racemes 7 to 10 cm long.

Flowering.—April and May.

Fruit—Capsule c. 6 mm diam., silvery-scaly.

Ripe.—December to February

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