Croton setiger Hook.

Fl. Bor.-Amer. 2: 141 (1838) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Mat-forming herb to c. 20 cm high and c. 80 cm wide, usually greyish from a covering of fine stellate hairs, each usually with an elongted central bristle; stems dichotomously branched. Leaves ovate to rhombic, 1–4 cm long, 0.5–3 cm wide, densely stellate-pubescent; petiole 1–5 cm long. Male flowers with calyx c. 2 mm long; calyx teeth ovate, slightly imbricate; filaments inflexed in bud, anthers linear, c. 1 mm long. Capsule ovoid, c. 4 mm long, stellate-pubescent; seed oblong, c. 3.5 mm long, c. 2 mm wide, smooth, shiny, mottled grey and brown or black. Flowers summer.

*NIS. Also naturalised WA, SA, NSW. A weed of pastures that has become established in the north-east of Victoria near Barmah, Corowa, Granya and along the Kiewa River, and also in the Licola area.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Euphorbiaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Eremocarpus setigerus (Hook.) Benth.).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-06-18

Forster, P.I. (2003). A taxonomic revision of Croton L. (Euphorbiaceae) in Australia Austrobaileya , Austrobaileya 6(3): 410-412.

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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malpighiales
family Euphorbiaceae
genus Croton
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Croton setiger in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Croton setiger in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Northern Inland Slopes present introduced

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales