Croton gibsonianus Nimmo

Croton gibsonianus Nimmo (EUPHORBIACEAE)

Description: Shrubs up to 5 m talll; branchlets sparsely stellate-hairy  when young. Leaves elliptic or elliptic-oblong, up to 18x4 cm. rounded at base, acuminate at apex, margins glandular-serrate, base of midrib with a pari of stalked glands. Stipules linear. Flowers in terminal  racemes with male flowers above and female at base. Male flowers in fascicles, yellowish. Calyx lobes 4, ovate, white-woolly at margins. Petals 4. Stamens 10-11. Disc of 5 free glands. Female flowers solitary at each bract. Calyx lobes 5, stellate – hairy without. Petals 0. Disc saucer-shaped. Ovary stellate-tomentose; styles 3. Schizocarp ovoid, ca 1.2 cm long, 3-lobed, stellate-hairy. Seed 1 in each locule, ovoid, ca 6 mm long.

Flowering & Fruiting : September – March.

Distribution: India: Western peninsular India. In undergrowth of semi-evergreen and evergreen forests.  Maharashtra and Karnataka.