Croton texensis

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Scientific Name Croton texensis USDA PLANTS Symbol CRTE4
Common Name Texas Croton, Skunkweed ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 28291
Family Euphorbiaceae (Spurge) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Plains and foothills (3500 to 6000 ft.); sandy soils in disturbed areas, roadsides, fields, ditch banks and washes.
Plant: Smelly erect annual, 8 to 32 inches tall; branching stems; foliage densely covered with soft, stellate (star-shaped) hairs.
Leaves: Alternate, oblong-linear to narrowly ovate-oblong, 3/8 to 2 inches long; slender petioles, up to 3/4 inch long.
Inflorescence: Dioecious (staminate and pistillate flowers on separate plants) small whitish flowers in clusters in leaf axils and at branch tips; staminate (male) flowers with 5-lobed calyx 1/12 to 1/6 inch across, no petals, and 8 to 12 stamens; pistillate (female) plants have fewer flowers, 5-lobed calyx 1/10 to 1/6 inch across, no petals.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, Kansas Wildflowers and Grasses, and Flora of North America.
Note: These images are of a staminate plant.
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