Croton glycosmeus Müll.Arg.
Croton zehntneri Pax & K.Hoffm.
Oxydectes grewioides (Baill.) Kuntze
Common Name: Canelinha de Odor
Croton grewioides is a shrub growing around 70 - 200cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
S. America - Bolivia to northeast Peru, eastern Brazil from Minas Gerais to Ceará and Piauí,
Shrubby caatinga or arboreal caatinga, usually near rocky outcrops, on sandy or clayey soil, at elevations from 200 - 1,200 metres.
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[
A very aromatic plant with a strong scent of cinnamon, even in dried plant material[
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[
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[
The aromatic flowers are much visited by bees who use the necter to make a honey with a characteristic cinnamon taste and aroma[
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