California Croton


Common name(s): California Croton, Desert Croton

Family: Euphorbiaceae

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.


California Croton

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