Utah Valley University Herbarium


Accession # 12535 
Family - UVUAPG III FamilyCronquist FamilyA Utah Flora
Species Croton californicus Mull. Arg.
Common name   California croton
R. Van Buren   1285  
   with J. Cooper
Coll. Date 09 June 2006 
United States
Washington County
Locality eastern edge of Red Reef, at the mouth of Water Canyon, W side of Red Cliffs Recreation Area Rd;
     Elev.: 3192 ft. (973 m.)
Climate NCDC temperatures, daily high (red), daily average (green) and daily low (blue), from 1970 to 2000 at this location.   NCDC average monthly precipitation from 1970 to 2000 at this location.
Latitude Longitude 37° 13'  19.57" N, 113° 24'  11.98" W
Datum WGS84 
Uncertainty Polygon diameter (with coordinate as origin): GPS
Georef. Notes This coordinate was obtained by a GPS unit and an error estimate was not recorded by the user. However due to the accuracy of most units, a polygon diameter between 25 and 250 meters could reasonably be assumed.
Voucher Voucher for "Woody Plants of Utah" by R. Van Buren, K.T. Harper, J. Cooper 
Specimen Notes Journal Code: L1S1. 


Synonyms recognized by ITIS (bold taxon is currently accepted):

     Croton californicus Muell.-Arg.

Common Name(s): California croton.

Taxonomic Hierarchy: (ITIS TSN=28265, click for more information and references)

        Kingdom: Plantae
            Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
                Division: Magnoliophyta
                    Class: Magnoliopsida
                        Subclass: Rosidae
                            Order: Euphorbiales
                                Family: Euphorbiaceae
                                    Genus: Croton
                                        Species: Croton californicus


Available images of this specimen (click to view):
specimen image: 12535s1.jpg

Images of other samples of the same species:
specimen image: 02525s1.jpg 
specimen image: 04290s1.jpg 
specimen image: 08913s1.jpg 

Nearby Accessions

Other accessions in the database collected near this one:

Accession Name Dist., dir.
08912 Amsinckia intermedia     1200 ft. NE
04192 Amsinckia tessellata      "bristly fiddleneck" 1.2 mi. W
08390 Anemopsis californica      "yerba mansa" 449 ft. N
03019 Astragalus ampullarioides     1.1 mi. N
12542 Astragalus lentiginosus      "freckled milkvetch" same section
08907 Astragalus nuttallianus  var. imperfectus   "Mojave small-flowered milkvetch" 1200 ft. NE
14243 Atriplex canescens  var. canescens   "four-winged saltbush" same section
14242 Atriplex canescens  var. canescens   "four-winged saltbush" same section
05271 Baccharis sergiloides      "desert seep-willow" 1330 ft. NE
05272 Brickellia longifolia      "long-leaf brickellbush" same section
08906 Brickellia longifolia      "long-leaf brickellbush" 1200 ft. NE
08918 Bromus diandrus      "great brome" 1200 ft. NE
15266 Chilopsis linearis      "desert willow" 1.3 mi. SW
05699 Chrysothamnus paniculatus      "Mojave rabbitbrush" same section
14244 Croton californicus      "California croton" same section
08913 Croton californicus      "California croton" 1200 ft. NE
08914 Encelia frutescens  var. virginensis   "Virgin River brittlebush" 1200 ft. NE
15422 Ephedra nevadensis      "Nevada ephedra" 1.2 mi. S
08908 Fraxinus anomala      "single-leaf ash" 1200 ft. NE
08911 Fraxinus velutina      "velvet ash" 1200 ft. NE
08910 Gaura coccinea      "scarlet beeblossom" 1200 ft. NE
14241 Krameria erecta      "little-leaf ratany" same section
15421 Krameria erecta      "little-leaf ratany" 1.2 mi. S
15265 Larrea tridentata      "creosote bush" 1.3 mi. SW
15419 Larrea tridentata      "creosote bush" 1.2 mi. S
04197 Lotus humistratus      "foothill deervetch" 1.2 mi. W
04198 Mentzelia albicaulis      "whitestem blazingstar" 1.2 mi. W
04199 Mirabilis multiflora      "Colorado four o'clock" 1.2 mi. W
05273 Morus alba      "white mulberry" 1.2 mi. SW
04195 Nama demissum      "purplemat" 1.2 mi. W
05728 Opuntia echinocarpa     1.1 mi. S
05718 Opuntia phaeacantha  var. discata  1.1 mi. S
08921 Opuntia phaeacantha  var. major  1200 ft. NE
04196 Phacelia cephalotes      "virgin scorpionweed" 1.2 mi. W
03009 Phacelia cephalotes      "virgin scorpionweed" 1.1 mi. NW
08905 Phacelia cryptantha      "hidden-flower scorpionweed" 1200 ft. NE
04200 Phacelia fremontii      "Fremont's scorpionweed" 1.2 mi. W
05686 Pluchea sericea      "arrow weed" 1330 ft. NE
08755 Pluchea sericea      "arrow weed" 1200 ft. NE
15420 Prosopis glandulosa      "honey mesquite" 1.2 mi. S
15264 Prosopis glandulosa      "honey mesquite" 1.3 mi. SW
05698 Prosopis odorata     1330 ft. NE
08915 Rafinesquia californica      "California chicory" 1200 ft. NE
14527 Thymophylla acerosa      "prickly-leaf dogweed" same section
08917 Triticum aestivum      "cultivated wheat" 1200 ft. NE
08919 Yucca utahensis      "Utah narrow-leaf yucca" 1200 ft. NE


Nearby locations from the USGS Geographic Name Information System (GNIS) database:

Name County Dist., dir. Elevation (ft.) 7.5' Quad Name
Red Cliffs Campground (Locale) Washington County, UT 1243 ft. N 3265  Harrisburg Junction 
Water Canyon (Valley) Washington County, UT 1161 ft. NW   Signal Peak 
Red Reef (Ridge) Washington County, UT 1877 ft. N 3232  Harrisburg Junction 
Leeds Creek (Stream) Washington County, UT 2338 ft. S   Signal Peak 
Dicks Canyon (Valley) Washington County, UT 0.7 mi. N   Harrisburg Junction 
Harrisburg Flat (Flat) Washington County, UT 1 mi. S 3084  Harrisburg Junction 
Harrisburg (Populated Place) Washington County, UT 1.2 mi. S 3009  Harrisburg Junction 
Leeds Reef (Ridge) Washington County, UT 1.3 mi. E 3356  Harrisburg Junction 
Cobb Mine (Mine) Washington County, UT 1.6 mi. NE 3645  Harrisburg Junction 
White Reef (Ridge) Washington County, UT 1.7 mi. NE 3566  Harrisburg Junction 
Cottonwood Hill (Summit) Washington County, UT 2.2 mi. S 3166  Harrisburg Junction 
Little Purgatory (Area) Washington County, UT 2 mi. SE 3340  Hurricane 
Milltown (historical) (Locale) Washington County, UT 2.3 mi. NE 3671  Signal Peak 
Leeds Cemetery (Cemetery) Washington County, UT 2.1 mi. NE 3416  Hurricane 
Big Hill (Summit) Washington County, UT 2.3 mi. NE 3642  Hurricane 
Big Hollow (Valley) Washington County, UT 2.2 mi. W   Signal Peak 
Cottonwood Canyon (Valley) Washington County, UT 2.6 mi. SW   Harrisburg Junction 
Buckeye Reef (Ridge) Washington County, UT 2.5 mi. NE 3803  Hurricane 
Tecumseh Hill (Summit) Washington County, UT 2.5 mi. NE 3737  Hurricane 
Harrisburg Bench (Bench) Washington County, UT 3 mi. S 3501  Harrisburg Junction 


Taxon Links for species Croton californicus  Mull. Arg.

CalPhotos, Berkeley Digital Library Project

CNPS Manual of California Vegetation Database

USDA Plants database
University of Washington Herbarium: Plants of Washington (images)

Texas A&M University: Image Library (images)

Lady Bird Johnson's Wildflower Center

Google Images

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