Croton texensis

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Croton texensis
Croton texensis male habitus1.jpg
Male plant
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Genus: Croton
Species: C. texensis
Binomial name
Croton texensis
(Klotzsch) Müll.Arg.

Croton texensis (common name "Texas croton", "skunk weed"), is a plant found in the United States.


Among the Zuni people, a decoction of the plant taken for "sick stomach", as a purgative, and as a diuretic.[1] An infusion is also taken for stomachaches, for syphilis, and for gonorrhea.[2] The fresh or dried root is chewed by a medicine man before sucking snakebite and a poultice is applied to the wound.[3]


  1. ^ Stevenson, Matilda Coxe 1915 Ethnobotany of the Zuni Indians. SI-BAE Annual Report #30 (p.45)
  2. ^ Camazine, Scott and Robert A. Bye 1980 A Study Of The Medical Ethnobotany Of The Zuni Indians of New Mexico. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 2:365-388 (p. 375)
  3. ^ Camazine and Bye, p.376