Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


410

Forb
Annual/Short-lived perennial
Monoecious
Does not have milky sap

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it on beach dunes, in coastal grasslands, usually with Uniola paniculata and/or Spartina patens, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Grayish
Unisexual
Petals absent in pistillate flowers
10-15 stamens
Inflorescence an abbreviated terminal raceme

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Malpighiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Croton punctatus   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Croton punctatus   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 107-02-002:
Croton punctatus   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Silverleaf Croton, Gulf Croton, Beach-tea


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image of Croton punctatus

JK Marlow    jkm090716_027

July    Georgetown County    SC

Huntington Beach State Park

image of Croton punctatus

JK Marlow    jkm0309o_37

September    Horry County    SC

Myrtle Beach State Park

Lvs ovate to ovate-lanceolate, 2-6cm long, 1-4cm wide, entire, petioles 1-3cm, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Croton punctatus

JK Marlow    jkm0309q_04

September    Horry County    SC

Myrtle Beach State Park

Fruit a 3-lobed capsule about 0.5" wide, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

image of Croton punctatus

JK Marlow    jkm0309q_07

September    Horry County    SC

Myrtle Beach State Park

No other plant on the dunes even closely resembles this plant, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.