Orange Leaf Croton

C. dichogamus?

Croton dichogamus, a roadside shrub in Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed blooming on a rocky slope on the Elgeyo Escarpment below Iten, Kenya. July 2014.

SHRUB: The numerous slender branches are normally less than 3 meters tall.

FLOWERS: Small white flowers.

LEAVES: Leaves are lance-shaped to elliptic with very short silvery pubescence below. As the leaves senesce, bright orange pigments are revealed and these dying leaves remain attached for an extended time rather than dropping.

RANGE: Reported from the Nairobi area, Massai Mara. This example was found overlooking the Kerio Valley. There are many Croton species, and further complicating matters the individual species can display a wide range of phenotypes.

FRUIT: The seed pods are spherical and a little bigger than a pea and like all spurges are three-parted.

UNARMED. Without thorns.

Euphorbiaceae -- Spurge Family

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 6 Jan. 2015