Croton scheffleri is a shrub or tree that can grow up to 12 metres tall, though it is more likely to be 3 - 6 metres tall[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
East tropical Africa - Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia.
Bushland and thicket, generally in rocky places, on lava, poor soils; riverine thicket; dry deciduous woodland with Sterculia, Adansonia, Commiphora, Combretum; at elevations from 550 - 2,300 metres[
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 are soaked in water and the water is taken to treat malaria and fevers[
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