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Stone, Robert L.
Croton texensis (Klotzsch) Müll. Arg.
Texas croton, Doveweed
USDA Symbol: CRTE4
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Leaf Complexity: Simple Leaf Shape: Lanceolate
, Linear Leaf Margin: Entire Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
, WY Native Habitat:
Sandy loam, loose blowing sand.
Seeds are important dove and quail food. Use Medicinal:
A natural insecticide derived by burning the powdered leaves, the smoke drives away all flying and crawling insects. (Weiner)
Tea from leaves for stomach pains. Leaf tea to bathe sick babies. Tea of entire
plant as a purgative, to relieve stomach pains, and to stimulate kidneys, and to cure snakebite. (Kindscher)
Tea from leaves used for stomach ache. Also tea used for syphilis and gonorrhea: drink, run rapidly aa mile to induce sweating, then wrap in blanket. For rattlesnake bites, medicine man chews root, then sucks wound to remove venom, then applies more chewed root to wound.(Steiner) Attracts:
Butterflies Larval Host:
Anaea andria, Goatweed Leafwing
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 1085
Collected Aug 31, 1996 in Bexar County by Robert N. NelsonNPSOT 0129
Collected Sept. 9, 1991 in Bexar County by Lottie Millsaps
Record Last Modified: 2009-11-17
Research By: TWC Staff