Index- plants in this Family
Euphorbiaceae / Spurge
Prairie Tea (Croton monanthogynus)
Plant Type: This is a herbaceous plant, it is a annual which can reach 51cm in height (20inches).
Leaves: The leaves are alternate. Leaves can reach 6cm in length (2.5inches). Leaves can be as wide as 2 cm (0.75inches). Each leaf is entire and rather coarse in texture being covered with dense tiny hairs.
Flowers: The flower parts are not discernable with the naked eye and are up to 1cm wide (0.3 inches). They are white. Blooms first appear in early summer and continue into early fall. The flowers are not at all showy so this plant is seldom mentioned in wildflower guides.
Habitat: Rocky Limestone Glades, roadsides, fields
Range: Throughout the southeast.

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The Crotons are not noted for their flowers which are obscure. They are know by those interested in the ecology or Cedar Glades for the role they play in that enviroment. Crotons are the domanate summer plant in many Glades after the more showy spring flowers are done.

Similar Species: Wooly Croton or officially Hogwort (Croton capitatus) Has whitish appearance due to the hairiness and a more asymmetrical branching pattern. There are three styles while C. monanthogynus has only two. See 'Other Images' below.



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Croton capitatus  © Daniel Reed

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More Info:  
The Search below may provide more information about this species. Some of URLs may have been used as a source for this page not otherwise cited. Most of the information not cited comes from multiple sources that can be found in the Books page. The USDA plant links are provided by: USDA, NRCS 1999. The PLANTS database (http://plants.usda.gov/). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA. You can check species names at ITIS Advanced Search to see if they meet the current ITIS taxonomic criteria.
 

By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316-60442-9

One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.


Wildflo wers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
By: Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart and Thomas E. Hemmerly and David Duhl. , ISBN:1551054280

This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.



Classification:  
Kingdom
Plantae
Plants
|Division
Magnoliophyta
Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
|Class
Magnoliopsida
Dicots / Two Seed Leaves
|Subclass
Rosidae
Rose
||Family
Euphorbiaceae
Spurge
|Subfamily

|Tribe

|Genus
Croton
Croton

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