Orange Leaf Croton

C. dichogamus

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

Observed along nature trail with specimen labels near the Giraffe Center, Nairobi, 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 conspicuous white to rusty 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 and Massai Mara. This example was labeled on the nature trail at the Giraffe Center in Nairobi. A similar Croton was found near Iten. There are many Croton species, and further complicating matters the individual species can display a wide range of phenotypes between locations and habitat types.

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 30 Jan. 2015