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WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Croton capitatus   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Croton capitatus var. capitatus   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Croton capitatus

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 107-02-005?:
Croton capitatus   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Croton capitatus

 

COMMON NAME:
Woolly Croton, Hogwort, Capitate Croton, Goatweed


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image of Croton capitatus, Woolly Croton, Hogwort, Capitate Croton, Goatweed

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_croton_capitatus2

June    Moore County    NC

An erect, silvery to tan-colored annual, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Croton capitatus, Woolly Croton, Hogwort, Capitate Croton, Goatweed

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_croton_capitatus2b

June    Moore County    NC

Stem leaves lanceolate to elliptic, base cordate, with gray and tan hairs, per Weakley's Flora (2015).

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Croton capitatus   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Croton capitatus var. capitatus   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Croton capitatus

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 107-02-005?:
Croton capitatus   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Croton capitatus

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

2969

Forb
Annual
Monoecious

Native: west of the Carolinas & Georgia, original native distribution unclear

Common in GA, uncommon in SC, rare in NC (endemic to the Southeastern Coastal Plain)

Habitat: Glades, prairies, woodlands, fields, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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DOES THE PLANT HAVE "MILKY SAP"?
Does not have milky sap

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate
Petioles 2-9cm long
Margins entiire

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Whitish
Unisexual
5 petals (or petals absent in pistillate flowers)
10-15 stamens

Inflorescence an abbreviated terminal raceme

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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