Common name: Silver Croton
Croton insularis Baill. APNI*
Description: Small tree to 15 m high, crowns often with occasional leaves turning red or orange before falling.
Leaves with lamina ovate to elliptic, 3–8 cm long, 1–3 cm wide, margins entire, upper surface green and ± glabrous with fine translucent dots; lower surface silvery with a dense covering of scales, secondary veins obscure; petiole 10–25 mm long, glands sessile.
Racemes 7–10 cm long. Flowers silvery-brown.
Capsule c. 6 mm diam., silvery-scaly; ripe Dec.-Feb.
Distribution and occurrence: On the margins of or in dry rainforest, mainly in the escarpment ranges; north from the lower Blue Mtns.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by T. A. James & G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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