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Croton capitis-york

Family

Euphorbiaceae

Botanical Name

Croton capitis-york Airy Shaw

Airy Shaw, H.K. (1981) Muelleria 4(3): 226. Type: Queensland, Silver Plains Holding, between Rocky River and Massey Creek, 13 40 S., 143 28 E., 1973, G. C. Stocker 1077: holo: QRS, iso:BRI, CANB..

Synonyms

Croton capitis-york Airy Shaw var. capitis-york, Muelleria 4(3): 226(1981), Type: ?. Croton capitis-york var. pilosus Airy Shaw, Muelleria 4(3): 226(1981), Type: Queensland, 2 km south of Temple Bay Outstation, 12 22 S., 143 05 E., 1976, B. Hyland 8995; holo: QRS.

Stem

Usually flowers and fruits as a shrub to 5 m tall.

Leaves

Leaf blades about 3-16 x 1.2-6 cm, alternate along the twigs. Two glands present just below leaf blade base at  junction with the petiole. Stellate scales present on young leaves, twigs and petioles. Stipules tiny and inconspicuous. Numerous oil dots visible with a lens.

Flowers

Male flowers: Flowers about 4 mm diam. with a corolla, petals clothed in long woolly hairs in upper half. Female flowers not seen.

Fruit

Capsules with dense stellate scales on top of mamillate protuberances (nipple-like projections) on the outer surface.

Seedlings

Features not available.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to CYP. Altitudinal range from near sea level to near 500 m. Grows as an understory plant in various types of rain forest and monsoon forest.

CYP

X

Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)

X

RFK Code

3558