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croton (in botany)

croton (krō´tən), any of several species of Codiaeum that are widely cultivated as ornamentals and houseplants. The most popular species is C. variegatum, which has many cultivated forms of highly colored variegated leaves. Croton is also used as the common name for all species of the genus Croton, some of which are used as medicinals. These include C. tiglium, the source of croton oil, a purgative, and "sangre de grado," C. lechleri, an important folk medicine in western Amazonia. Both Croton and Codiaeum are classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Euphorbiales, family Euphorbiaceae.

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croton

cro·ton / ˈkrōtn/ • n. 1. a strong-scented tree, shrub, or herbaceous plant (genus Croton) of the spurge family, native to tropical and warm regions. Its numerous species include C. laccifer, the host plant for the lac insect. 2. a small Indo-Pacific evergreen tree or shrub (genus Codiaeum) of the spurge family, grown for its colorful ornamental foliage.

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croton

croton XVIII. — modL. — Gr. krótōn sheep-tick, castor-oil plant.

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Croton (ancient city of Italy)

Croton, Italy: see Crotona.

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croton

croton See CODIAEUM.

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Croton

Croton (family Euphorbiaceae) A genus of small trees and shrubs, commonly with stellate hairs, producing a fruit which is a capsule. Several are medicinal (croton oil from C. tiglium is a powerful purgative). There are 750 species, occurring throughout the tropics and subtropics.

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croton

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