Samiksha Jaiswal

Croton setigerus

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Kingdom  Plantae
Family  Euphorbiaceae
Scientific name  Croton setigerus
Rank  Species
Order  Malpighiales
Genus  Croton
Higher classification  Rushfoil
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Similar  Rushfoil, Euphorbiaceae, Julocroton, Croton californicus, Crotoneae

Croton setigerus (formerly Eremocarpus setigerus) is a species of plant known by the common names dove weed and turkey mullein. It is native to western North America, such as Montana and California. It has naturalized elsewhere, including parts of Australia.

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This is a squat plant with furry, feltlike, hexagon shaped leaves, pale pink green in color. The small green flowers are covered in soft bristles.

Croton setigerus Doveweed Fish Poison Turkey Mullein Eremocarpus setigerus

Cultivation

Croton setigerus is used as an ornamental plant, its low and rounded form fills a pot.

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The foliage is toxic to animals, and the crushed plants were used by Native Americans to stupefy fish and make them easy to catch. Turkey mullein was smoked to cure sore throats and cough. It can replace a fraction of tobacco. When crushed, the leaves have a sweet odor that some find unpleasant.

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The seeds are very palatable to birds, however; the common names of the plant come from the affinity of doves and wild turkeys for the seeds.

References

Croton setigerus Wikipedia


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