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Useful Tropical Plants

Croton humilis

L.

Euphorbiaceae

+ Synonyms

Croton aridicola Urb.

Croton berlandieri Torr.

Croton salvifolius Mill.

Croton subcapitatus Müll.Arg.

Croton subtomentosus L.

Oxydectes berlandieri (Torr.) Kuntze

Oxydectes humilis (L.) Kuntze

Oxydectes salvifolia (Mill.) Kuntze

Common Name: Pepper Rod

Croton humilis
Male flower
Photograph by: B. van Ee
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General Information

Pepper rod is a highly aromatic, perennial plant that can be herbaceous or shrubby and grows up to a height of 1.5 metres[
342
Title
Flora of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Fawcett. W. & Rendle. A. B.
Publisher
British Museum
Year
1910
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, so many name changes. Nevertheless, a very good guide to the plants of the Caribbean. The book is out of copyright and can be legally downloaded from various websites.
].
The bark is sometimes gathered from the wild and used locally in traditional medicine. The plant has been cultivated in trials in Brazil[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

426
Title
Flowering Plants of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Adams. C.D.
Publisher
University of the West Indies; Jamaica.
Year
1972
ISBN
 
Description
A terse treatment of the flowering plants of Jamaica, with a botanical description of each plant, notes on habitat etc.

Range

Southern N. America - Texas to Mexico, S. Florida, south to the Caribbean.

Habitat

Rough pastures and rocky thickets, on limestone or gravel soils, at elevations from near sea level to 780 metres in Jamaica[
426
Title
Flowering Plants of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Adams. C.D.
Publisher
University of the West Indies; Jamaica.
Year
1972
ISBN
 
Description
A terse treatment of the flowering plants of Jamaica, with a botanical description of each plant, notes on habitat etc.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height1.50 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The roots are used in the treatment of skin and urinary diseases[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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