Croton verreauxii —Native Cascarilla, Green Native Cascarilla—EUPHORBIACEAE

Croton verreauxii

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Habitat—Shrub or small tree in subtropical, littoral, dry rainforest. Also in complex notophyll vineforest and microphyll moss/fern thickets on volcanic soils.

Distribution—North from Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—Shrub or small tree with young stems and petioles often purplish, old leaves often turning orange before falling.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Copeland, Dixon Property, Red Head, Talawahl Nature Reserve, Waitui Falls and Wingham Brush.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, toothed with 2 raised glands at apex; lamina elliptic, mostly 5 to 12 cm long, 1.5 to 3 cm wide, margins usually toothed or rarely ± entire; green and glabrous on both surfaces, translucent dots visible with a lens; secondary veins distinct on the lower surface; petiole 10 to 20 mm long, glands stalked.

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Inflorescence—Racemes 3 to 5 cm long, yellow—green.

Flowering.—November to December.

Fruit—Capsule, Trilobate, depressed globose, 4 to 6 mm long, 5 to 6.5 mm diameter, orange—brown.

Ripe.—January to February.

Croton verreauxii