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Croton gratissimus Burch.
Protologue : Trav. S. Africa ii. 263 (1824)
Information on the genus : Croton
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Croton gratissimus Burch. var. gratissimus (1824)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Croton zambesicus Müll. Arg. (1864)
=Croton microbotryus Pax (1889)
=Croton amabilis Müll. Arg. (1864)
=Croton antunesii Pax (1897)
=Croton welwitschianus Müll. Arg. (1864)
Taxon infra-specific
Croton gratissimus Burch. var. gratissimus (1824)
Croton gratissimus var. subgratissimus (Prain) Burtt Davy
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Shrub or tree to 12 m tall with bole to 40 cm d.b.h.; monoecious or sometimes dioecious; trunk usually Y-forked with drooping branches, these often in whorls of 3; branchlets sulcate.
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Ecology : Coastal dune forest; riverine fringe vegetation; mopane woodland on floodplain alluvium; Androstachys johnstonii woodland and thicket; rocky outcrops; escarpment miombo; Kalahari Sand woodland; Baikiaea mutemwa; etc...
  Caprivi Strip, Namibia, Botswana, S. Africa.
  Comprises 2 vars.
  Trimodal disjunct distribution, on either side of the Equator.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and south Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing
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carte afrique num 174104
Record n°174104
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