Croton gibsonianus Nimmo - EUPHORBIACEAE

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Botanical descriptions Ecology Distribution Literatures

Botanical descriptions :

Habit : Large shrubs to small trees up to 4 m tall.
Branches and Branchlets : Branchlets sparsely stellate hairy when young, glabrous when mature.
Leaves : Leaves simple, alternate, spiral; petiole up to 5 cm long; lamina 7.5-17.8 x 3.2-6.4 cm, elliptic-oblong, apex acuminate to caudate-acuminate, base rounded with 2-stipitate glands at the junction of petiole, margin minutely serrate, glabrous or with a few stellate hairs; midrib raised above; secondary_nerves 6-8 pairs; tertiary_nerves broadly percurrent.
Inflorescence / Flower : Flowers unisexual, monoecious; male flowers often fascicled on 12-25 cm long slender racemes; female flowers usually solitary and near the base of the raceme.
Fruit and Seed : Capsules 3-valved, globose, densely stellate hairy; 3-seeded.

Ecology :

Common undergrowth of evergreen forests.

Distribution :

Endemic to the Western_Ghats- Central Sahyadri.

Literatures :

Graham, Cat. Pl. Bombay 251. 1839; Saldanha, Fl. Karnataka 2: 127. 1996.

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