sand croton, tooth-leaved croton, tropical croton, vente conmigo
Etymology: Croton: from the Greek word kroton meaning "a tick" because of the way the seeds look in some members of the family
Plants: annual, 8"-24" tall, roughly hairy forb with milky juice
Leaves: narrowly oblong, coarsely toothed with 1 or 2 glands where the blade and stalk meet
Flowers: 4 - 5-parted, female flowers with 4 sepals and 4 petals, male flower with 5 sepals and no petals
Habitat: dry; in sandy soil mostly near the Wisconsin River
Conservation Status: Introduced - naturalized
USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key.