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Croton capitatus var. lindheimeri
Croton capitatus Michx. var. lindheimeri (Engelm. & A. Gray) Müll. Arg.
Woolly Croton, Lindheimer's Hogwort, Woolly Texas Goatweed, Woolly Doveweed
Euphorbiaceae (Spurge Family)
Synonym(s): Croton capitatus var. albinoides, Croton engelmannii, Croton engelmannii var. albinoides, Croton lindheimeri
USDA Symbol: CRCAL2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
This variety is named after Ferdinand Jacob Lindheimer (1801-1879) who is often called the Father of Texas Botany because of his work as the first permanent-resident plant collector in Texas. Lindheimer immigrated to the United States in 1834 as a political refugee. He spent from 1843-1852 collecting specimens in Texas. He settled in New Braunfels, Texas in 1844, and was granted land on the banks of the Comal River, where he continued his plant collecting and attempted to establish a botanical garden. He shared his findings with many others who shared his interest in botany, including Ferdinand von Roemer and Adolph Scheele. Lindheimer is credited with the discovery of several hundred plant species. His name is used to designate forty-eight species and subspecies of plants. He is buried in New Braunfels. His house, on Comal Street in New Braunfels, is now a museum.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 6 feet tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , FL , GA , IN , KS , KY , LA , MO , MS , OK , TN , TX
Native Habitat: Partial to open praries with sandy, dry soil throughout nc Texas
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Conditions Comments: This is an excellent example of true Texas wild flowers. This plant thrives in open praries, on raodsides, and uses very little water. This plant is abundant throughout the blooming period. Can be poisonous to cattle.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Seeds are important dove and quail food.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Larval Host: Anaea andria, Goatweed Leafwing
Deer Resistant: High
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
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Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0481 Collected Jul 30, 1993 in Atascosa County by Louise Morrell
Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Croton capitatus var. lindheimeri in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Croton capitatus var. lindheimeri in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-02-01
Research By: NPC