There has to be some doubt over the correct identity of this plant. It is based on a record in 'Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops'[
], which records the uses and also records two synonyms (Croton roxburghii Balakr. and Croton oblongifolius Roxb.). Both of these are actually synonyms of Croton persimilis Müll.Arg. In addition, the native range quoted is wrong for this species (which is endemic to southern China) and much more in line with the range of Croton persimilis. I feel it is quite likely that the uses quoted here actually belong to Croton persimilis[
Oxydectes laevigata (Vahl) Kuntze
Croton laevigatus is a shrub or a tree growing up to 15 metres tall[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use and for its wood. It is cultivated as a rootstock and also sometimes grown for its medicinal uses in southern China.
E. Asia - southern China in Hainan.
Dense or open forests at elevations up to 600 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
The bark is used medicinally[
The plant is used as a rootstock for improving the growth of Croton sublyratus[
]. The name Croton sublyratus has often been used in error; the correct species is Croton stellatopilosus[
The wood is used for posts[
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