WOOLLY CROTON, Croton capitatus Michx. 1, part of lower stem and roots; 2, upper portion of plant; 3, flower clusters with deeply cut, hairy, leaf-like structure; 4, seeds. Annual, reproducing by seeds. Taproot shallow. Stems 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 cm) tall, extensively branched, densely hairy. Leaves narrow, woolly with short hairs, smooth-edged, borne on long petioles, usually alternate. Flowers in small, dense clusters at ends of stems and branches, surrounded by leafy bract. Seed pod densely hairy, 3-sided, containing 3 seeds. Seeds grayish, broadly egg-shaped, about 3/16 inch (4.5 mm) long. Found commonly in old overgrazed pastures.

 TROPIC CROTON, Croton glandulosus L. 5, lower and upper leaves; 6, seeds. Similar to the above species. Annual, reproducing by seeds. Stems greenish, rough-hairy but not woolly. Leaves oblong to egg-shaped, with sharply toothed edges, borne on relatively short petioles. Seed ovate, nearly elliptical, about 1/8 inch (3 mm) long. Found in sandy soils, waste areas, and overgrazed pastures.