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Useful Tropical Plants

Croton aromaticus

L.

Euphorbiaceae

+ Synonyms

Aleurites laccifer (L.) Willd.

Cascarilla aromatica (L.) Raf.

Croton laccifer L.

Oxydectes aromatica (L.) Kuntze

Oxydectes laccifera (L.) Kuntze

Common Name:

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General Information

Croton aromaticus is a shrub or a small tree growing up to 3 metres tall[
1033
Title
Ayurvedic Medicinal Plants of Sri Lanka
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.instituteofayurveda.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent site and comprehensive information resource, still being developed (2016), detailing the Ayurvedic medicinal uses of the plants of Sri Lanka
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine. The plant has also shown insecticidal and fungicidal activity.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

464
Title
A Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon
Publication
 
Author
Trimen H.; continued by Hooker J.D.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Dulau and Co; London.
Year
1898
ISBN
 
Description
Very dated, but still a useful work. It can be downloaded from the Internet.

Range

E. Asia - India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka

Habitat

; at elevations up to 900 metres[
464
Title
A Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon
Publication
 
Author
Trimen H.; continued by Hooker J.D.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Dulau and Co; London.
Year
1898
ISBN
 
Description
Very dated, but still a useful work. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height2.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Most Croton species are relatively indifferent to their habitat and can grow on a wide range of soils in both disturbed and undisturbed vegetation[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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The plant is aromatic[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
,
387
Title
Economic Products of India. Volume 1.
Publication
 
Author
Watt. G.
Publisher
Government of India: Calcutta.
Year
1883
ISBN
 
Description
Although over 100 years old, it still contains a wealth of information on useful plants. Many of the botanical names have been changed since then, so you have to check for up to date names. The book can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
Most Croton species grow fast.. In areas without a pronounced dry season Croton can be found flowering and fruiting throughout the year[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]
Most Croton species are relatively indifferent to their habitat and they are found on a wide range of soils in disturbed and undisturbed vegetation[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].
The leaves when withering turn a bright brick-red colour ; they are very slightly aromatic[
464
Title
A Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon
Publication
 
Author
Trimen H.; continued by Hooker J.D.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Dulau and Co; London.
Year
1898
ISBN
 
Description
Very dated, but still a useful work. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The plant is used medicinally[
387
Title
Economic Products of India. Volume 1.
Publication
 
Author
Watt. G.
Publisher
Government of India: Calcutta.
Year
1883
ISBN
 
Description
Although over 100 years old, it still contains a wealth of information on useful plants. Many of the botanical names have been changed since then, so you have to check for up to date names. The book can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
Used as an aromatic tonic[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

The leaves, stems and roots are used in the treatment of conditions such as bronchitis, diarrhoea, dysentery, fevers and malaria[
1033
Title
Ayurvedic Medicinal Plants of Sri Lanka
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.instituteofayurveda.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent site and comprehensive information resource, still being developed (2016), detailing the Ayurvedic medicinal uses of the plants of Sri Lanka
].

Other Uses

Cyperenoic acid and hardwickiic acid have been isolated from the roots, and have displayed moderate insecticidal activity[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

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.

Propagation

Seed -
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