Croton triacros F.Muell.
Mueller, F.J.H. von (1868) Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 6: 185. Type: Ad sinum orarium Rockinghams Bay. Dallachy. Lecto: MEL231564 Fide Forster (2003).
SPEAR BIRCH; Birch, Spear; White Croton
Seldom exceeding 30 cm dbh. Blaze odour very spicy or peppery.
Male flowers distributed from the base to the apex of each raceme with the female flowers usually near the base. Inflorescence and calyx sparsely clothed in stellate scales. Gland present at or near the base of each sepal. Petal and sepal apices and the centre of the flower densely clothed in tortuous long white hairs. Male flowers about 3 mm diam. with about ten stamens. Ovary in female flower clothed in stellate scales, one ovule per locule. Stigmas bilobed.
Cotyledons +/- orbicular or elliptic, about 10-15 x 10-14 mm. Stellate hairs visible on the first pair of leaves, stems and petioles. At the tenth leaf stage: midrib on the underside of the leaf blade clothed in pale to rusty, stellate hairs or scales. Midrib raised on the upper surface of the leaf blade. Stipules small and inconspicuous. Terminal bud, stem and petiole clothed in pale to rusty, stellate hairs or scales. Seed germination time 29 to 40 days.
Very similar to Croton brachypus and doubtfully distinct.