Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Croton dockrillii Airy Shaw

Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Female flower and male flowers. © G. Sankowsky
Male flowers. © G. ankowsky
Female flowers. © CSIRO
Leaves and fruit. © G. Sankowsky
Leaves and fruit. © G. Sankowsky
Scale bar 10mm. © CSIRO

Airy Shaw, H.K. (1980) Muelleria 4(3): 227. Type: Queensland, Alligator Creek, 12 35 S., 143 20 E., 14 Oct. 1972, A. W. Dockrill 589; holo: QRS, iso BRI.


Usually flowers and fruits as a shrub about 2-3 m tall.


Two stalked glands present on the underside of the leaf blade near its junction with the petiole. Stellate scales present on the young leaves, twigs and petioles. Leaf blades about 5-15 x 2.5-5 cm. Stipules filiform, small and caducous. Numerous oil dots visible with a lens.


Male flowers: Flowers about 2-3 mm diam. with a corolla, calyx lobes aristate. Petals with long hairs at the base and shorter hairs at the apex. Female flowers: Flowers about 3-4 mm diam. without a corolla. Ovary densely clothed in stellate hairs.


Fruit about 5-8 mm diam. Outer surface of the capsules with scattered stellate scales. Caruncle small and cream?


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in NT and CYP. Altitudinal range from near sea level to about 100 m. Grows as an understory plant in rain forest, monsoon forest or vine thickets.

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