Taxon  Report   2434    
Croton californicus  Müll. Arg.
California croton,  Desert croton
Croton californicus
© 2002 Lynn Watson
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Croton californicus
© 2017 Aaron Echols
Croton californicus
© 2004 James M. Andre
Croton californicus, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Croton californicus
© 2018 Marcyn Del Clements
Genus: Croton
Communities: Coastal Sage Scrub, Coastal Strand, Chaparral, Creosote Bush Scrub

Habitat: coastal

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Croton californicus var. mohavensis
ICPN: Croton californicus var. tenuis
ICPN: Croton californicus var. californicus
More information about  Croton californicus
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 20, 2019).