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Useful Tropical Plants

Croton draconoides

Müll.Arg.

Euphorbiaceae

+ Synonyms

Oxydectes draconoides (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze

Common Name:

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General Information

Croton draconoides is a shrub or a tree that can grow around 3 - 15 metres tall[
1899
Title
As espécies de Croton L. sect. Cyclostigma Griseb. e Croton L. sect. Luntia (Raf.) G. L. Webster subsect. Matourense
Publication
Acta Amazonica VOL. 40(3) 2010: 471 - 488
Author
Guimarães L.A.C. & Secco R.de S.
Publisher
 
Year
2010
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

1899
Title
As espécies de Croton L. sect. Cyclostigma Griseb. e Croton L. sect. Luntia (Raf.) G. L. Webster subsect. Matourense
Publication
Acta Amazonica VOL. 40(3) 2010: 471 - 488
Author
Guimarães L.A.C. & Secco R.de S.
Publisher
 
Year
2010
ISBN
 
Description
 

Range

S. America - Peru, northern Brazil, French Guiana

Habitat

Not known

Properties

HabitTree
Height8.00 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[
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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.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

This is one of several Croton species that have the common name 'Sangre de Drago', or 'Dragon's Blood' in allusion to the red resin that exudes from various parts of the plant, but mainly from the bark. This resin has a number of useful medicinal properties, in particular it is astringent and vulnerary and is an effective healing agent that is commonly applied to wounds in order to speed the healing process[
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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1899
Title
As espécies de Croton L. sect. Cyclostigma Griseb. e Croton L. sect. Luntia (Raf.) G. L. Webster subsect. Matourense
Publication
Acta Amazonica VOL. 40(3) 2010: 471 - 488
Author
Guimarães L.A.C. & Secco R.de S.
Publisher
 
Year
2010
ISBN
 
Description
 
].
The red resin is effective in treating various diseases in addition to wound healing[
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.
].

This red resin, obtained from various South American Croton species, contains a dihydrobenzofuran lignan that has been shown to inhibit cell proliferation, which may well explain its application in folk medicine[
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.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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