PLANT PROFILE

Croton willdenowii
Willdenow's croton



Willdenows croton
Photo courtesy Renee Brecht
Botanical name: Croton willdenowii G.L. Webster
Common name: Willdenow's croton
Synonomy: Crotonopsis¨›elliptica¨›Willd.
Group: dicot
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: annual
Origin: native
Plant height: to 15"
Foliage: alternate, petiolate; linear to elliptic-ovate, silvery below with "spots" (scales) below the leaf
Flower: small terminal racemes, androgynous
Flowering time: August - September
Habitat: dry, sandy soil, railroad embankments
Range in New Jersey: south only; local throughout the Pine Barrens
Heritage ranking, if any: S2, LP, HL
Distribution:
Misc. Stone, in 1910, says "A curious little plant, which in its slender wiry leaves and branches remind one somewhat of Anychia, but it is grayish all over with a peculiar silvery sheen, which dstinguishes it at once"(526).