Common name(s): California Croton, Desert Croton
Species: Croton californicus
Commonly found: Stabilized dunes
Size: 3ft tall
Origin: Native to California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and Baja California.
Description: This plant is a small shrub that produces long, oval-shaped leaves. The leaves are each a few centimeters long and are covered in a light-colored coat of hairs. Each plant bears either male (staminate) or female (pistillate) flowers. Both types of flower are small, not more than a few millimeters across, and are white to yellow in color.