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Woolly croton

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Here’s yet another native plant making its first appearance in these pages, Croton capitatus var. lindheimeri, whose fuzzy appearance tells you why it’s known as woolly croton. Like snow-on-the-mountain, snow-on-the-prairie, fire-on-the-mountain, and various other members of the Euphorbia family, this species has small and rather unshowy flowers, a few of which you see on the left side of the photograph. The one closest to the center of the picture, with a bit of pale orange color, is female, and the others, with their pollen-bearing anthers, are male. To the right of the flowers, larger, are some seed capsules that seem to have reached their full size.

I took this picture on October 11 at Southeast Metropolitan Park. To see the places in the south-central and southeastern United States where this species grows, you can consult the state-clickable map at the USDA website.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 3, 2012 at 6:20 AM

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