Aleurites laccifer (L.) Willd.
Cascarilla aromatica (L.) Raf.
Croton laccifer L.
Oxydectes aromatica (L.) Kuntze
Oxydectes laccifera (L.) Kuntze
Croton aromaticus is a shrub or a small tree growing up to 3 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine. The plant has also shown insecticidal and fungicidal activity.
E. Asia - India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka
; at elevations up to 900 metres[
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Most Croton species are relatively indifferent to their habitat and can grow on a wide range of soils in both disturbed and undisturbed vegetation[
The plant is aromatic[
Most Croton species grow fast.. In areas without a pronounced dry season Croton can be found flowering and fruiting throughout the year[
Most Croton species are relatively indifferent to their habitat and they are found on a wide range of soils in disturbed and undisturbed vegetation[
The leaves when withering turn a bright brick-red colour ; they are very slightly aromatic[
The plant is used medicinally[
Used as an aromatic tonic[
The leaves, stems and roots are used in the treatment of conditions such as bronchitis, diarrhoea, dysentery, fevers and malaria[
Cyperenoic acid and hardwickiic acid have been isolated from the roots, and have displayed moderate insecticidal activity[
Leaf extracts of the plant have shown antifungal activity against a range of post-harvest fungal pathogens. Use of the extract has been shown to extend the storage time of bananas by about 14 days.
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