Croton dichogamus is a shrub or tree with symmetrical, frequent branching. and a pyramidal or sometimes straggling crown. It grows up to 7.5 metres tall or more, but is usually only 2 - 5 metres tall[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine, food flavouring and source of wood.
Croton dichogamus has a very wide distribution, large population, is not currently experiencing any major threats and no significant future threats have been identified. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2019)[
East tropical Africa - Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Mozambique.
Dry forest, bushland and thicket, on rocky ground, lava, limestone and porous soils; open Acacia woodland; sometimes forming dense stands; at elevations from 550 - 1,800 metres, occasionally to 2,250 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 roots and stems are used to flavour food and drinks[
The roots, and sometimes the leaves, are used in traditional medicine as a tonic and to treat colds, fever, tuberculosis and syphilis[
]. The root powder is sometimes combined with that of Croton polytrichus then mixed with porridge or tea as a treatment for impotence and colds[
When growing wild, this species is probably a good indicator of overgrazed land[
The wood is used in building traditional huts[
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