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Croton plant

Croton plant Codiaeum variegatum Family: Euphorbiaceae Wa Croton has glossy, leathery leaves that are very variable in shape, highly colored and variegated.  The leaves can be ovate or linear and variegated with pink, orange, green, brown, yellow and white. Croton is an exotic looking plant that is grown in warm greenhouses or conservatory or as a houseplant.
The bark, roots, latex and leaves are poisonous, containing the toxin called 5-deoxyingenol. Chewing the bark and roots is said to cause burning of the mouth. The latex has caused eczema in some gardeners after repeated exposure.