Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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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, Silverleaf Croton, Gulf Croton, Beach-tea

JK Marlow    jkm090716_027

July    Georgetown County    SC

Huntington Beach State Park

image of Croton punctatus, Silverleaf Croton, Gulf Croton, Beach-tea

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, Silverleaf Croton, Gulf Croton, Beach-tea

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, Silverleaf Croton, Gulf Croton, Beach-tea

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.

image of Croton punctatus, Silverleaf Croton, Gulf Croton, Beach-tea

JK Marlow    jkm181110_5776

November    Georgetown County    SC

Huntington Beach State Park

image of Croton punctatus, Silverleaf Croton, Gulf Croton, Beach-tea

JK Marlow    jkm181110_5779

November    Georgetown County    SC

Huntington Beach State Park

image of Croton punctatus, Silverleaf Croton, Gulf Croton, Beach-tea

JK Marlow    jkm181110_5782

November    Georgetown County    SC

Huntington Beach State Park