Croton alabamensis E.A. Smith - Alabama Croton
Family - Euphorbiaceae
Bark of mature shrub.
Adaxial surface of leaf.
Abaxial surface of leaf.
Flowering - February - April.
Habitat - Thin soils of river bluffs of shale and limestone.
Origin - Native to North America (endemic to Alabama).
Other information - This shrubby endemic species can be found growing wild in just a few Alabama counties. The plant can reach a height +3m and typically has many stems from the base. This is an easy species to identify becasue of its lepidote scale-covered leaves and flowers. Staminate and pistillate flowers are produced on different plants.
Photographs taken at Bibb County Glades, 3-5-05.