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Scientific Name: Codiaeum variegatum var. pictum
Pronunciation: koh-dih-EE-um var-ee-GAY-tum
Common Name: croton
Family Name: Euphorbiaceae
Plant Type: Indoor foliage plant
Key ID Features: Tropical woody plant with milky sap; leaves alternate (spiraled), large, thick, glossy yellow to red coloured veins, blade ranges from green to dark purple; one plant can have many different coloured leaves.
Course(s): HORT 1155, HORT 1193/1293, Level 3 Apprenticeship

Habit: Stiffly upright
Form: Round
Texture: Coarse
Mature Size:
Height:0.7 - 1.3m
Spread:1.0 - 1.5m
Growth Rate:Slow
Origin: S.E. Asia / Japan / China, South Asia / India
Hardiness Rating: Zone 10: (-1 to 4 C)
Soil/ Growing Medium: Well-drained
Water Use: Moderate
Landscape Uses: Indoor plant
Additional Info: Google. (Note: variety "pictum" is not botanically distinct and is no longer used).
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Simple
Arrangement: Alternate, Spiraled
Texture/ Venation: Leathery, Pinnate venation
Surfaces: Lustrous
Colour in Summer: Green, Red, Yellow, Several cvs. w. various leaf variegation.
Colour in Fall: Red, Green, Yellow
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Lanceolate, Ovate
Apices: Acuminate, Cuspidate
Bases: Cuneate
Margins: Entire, Undulate (wavy)

Inflorescence Type: Raceme
Flower Morphology:Monoecious plant
Number of Petals:0
Ovary Position:Superior
Colour (petals): Not showy, White, Yellow
Flower Time at Peak:
Additional Info: Unlikely to flower indoors; female flowers have no petals.

Fruit Type: Capsule
Fruit Colour: Dark-red, Brown
Fruiting Time:
Additional Info: Fruit insignificant
Bark Morphology: Smooth
Bark or Stem Colour: Green, Tan

Propagation: Softwood cuttings
Plant Care:
Optimal Temp.: High indoor temperature
Light Level:High indoor light level
Maintenance:Low maintenance plant
Other:High humidity preferred
Pest Susceptibility: Mites, Scale insects, ( Disease resistant )
(GNH) GreeNHouse
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