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Useful Tropical Plants

Croton grewioides

Baill.

Euphorbiaceae

+ Synonyms

Croton glycosmeus Müll.Arg.

Croton zehntneri Pax & K.Hoffm.

Oxydectes grewioides (Baill.) Kuntze

Common Name: Canelinha de Odor

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General Information

Croton grewioides is a shrub growing around 70 - 200cm tall[
1893
Title
O gênero Croton (Euphorbiaceae) na microrregião do Vale do Ipanema, Pernambuco, Brasil
Publication
Rodriguésia 60 (4): 879-901. 2009
Author
Silva, J. S., Sales, M. F. & Carneiro-Torres, D. S.
Website
https://doi.org/10.1590/2175-7860200960409
Publisher
 
Year
2009
ISBN
 
Description
 
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

1893
Title
O gênero Croton (Euphorbiaceae) na microrregião do Vale do Ipanema, Pernambuco, Brasil
Publication
Rodriguésia 60 (4): 879-901. 2009
Author
Silva, J. S., Sales, M. F. & Carneiro-Torres, D. S.
Website
https://doi.org/10.1590/2175-7860200960409
Publisher
 
Year
2009
ISBN
 
Description
 

Range

S. America - Bolivia to northeast Peru, eastern Brazil from Minas Gerais to Ceará and Piauí,

Habitat

Shrubby caatinga or arboreal caatinga, usually near rocky outcrops, on sandy or clayey soil, at elevations from 200 - 1,200 metres.

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height2.00 m
PollinatorsBees
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Croton grewioides is a plant of semi-arid regions in Brazil
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.
].
A very aromatic plant with a strong scent of cinnamon, even in dried plant material[
739
Title
Medicinal Plants of Brazil
Publication
 
Author
Mors W.B.; Rizzini C.T.; Pereira N.A.
Publisher
Reference Publications; Michigan.
Year
2000
ISBN
0-917256-42-5
Description
An extremely concise book, listing approximately 1,500 species and varieties of plants with their botanical name, common name in Brazil, regions in Brazil where the plant is found, a brief list of uses and any medically active compounds in the plant.
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1893
Title
O gênero Croton (Euphorbiaceae) na microrregião do Vale do Ipanema, Pernambuco, Brasil
Publication
Rodriguésia 60 (4): 879-901. 2009
Author
Silva, J. S., Sales, M. F. & Carneiro-Torres, D. S.
Website
https://doi.org/10.1590/2175-7860200960409
Publisher
 
Year
2009
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

A tea made from the aromatic leaves and young shoots is considered to be invigorating and calmative, and also to induce sleep. It is also used to treat indigestion[
739
Title
Medicinal Plants of Brazil
Publication
 
Author
Mors W.B.; Rizzini C.T.; Pereira N.A.
Publisher
Reference Publications; Michigan.
Year
2000
ISBN
0-917256-42-5
Description
An extremely concise book, listing approximately 1,500 species and varieties of plants with their botanical name, common name in Brazil, regions in Brazil where the plant is found, a brief list of uses and any medically active compounds in the plant.
].

There is considerable variation in the composition of the essential oil. In particular it contains cineol, estragol, anethol, eugenol and methyl-eugenol, though the proportions of these can vary considerably from plant to plant[
739
Title
Medicinal Plants of Brazil
Publication
 
Author
Mors W.B.; Rizzini C.T.; Pereira N.A.
Publisher
Reference Publications; Michigan.
Year
2000
ISBN
0-917256-42-5
Description
An extremely concise book, listing approximately 1,500 species and varieties of plants with their botanical name, common name in Brazil, regions in Brazil where the plant is found, a brief list of uses and any medically active compounds in the plant.
].

Agroforestry Uses:

The aromatic flowers are much visited by bees who use the necter to make a honey with a characteristic cinnamon taste and aroma[
1893
Title
O gênero Croton (Euphorbiaceae) na microrregião do Vale do Ipanema, Pernambuco, Brasil
Publication
Rodriguésia 60 (4): 879-901. 2009
Author
Silva, J. S., Sales, M. F. & Carneiro-Torres, D. S.
Website
https://doi.org/10.1590/2175-7860200960409
Publisher
 
Year
2009
ISBN
 
Description
 
]

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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