Croton triacros (Euphorbiaceae)

Croton triacros

A rather non-descript tree at first sight, this tree becomes very easy to identify with familiarity. The leaves have a soft fleshy texture and possess a pair of glands at the petiole near the base of the leaf lamina. Also, the new leaf growth has a tendency to appear almost golden brown. This trees appears to be quite common on the edges of rainforest, in wet eucalypt forest and the general bushy foliage certainly makes this tree worthy for ornamental plantings, as long as it is well watered.

Croton triacros

Croton triacros
Glands at the base of the leaf blade near the petiole.

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About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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