Taxon: Croton lechleri Mull. Arg.

Genus: Croton
Family: Euphorbiaceae
  Subfamily: Crotonoideae
      Tribe: Crotoneae
Nomen number: 411368
Place of publication: A. L. P. P. de Candolle, Prodr. 15(2):545. 1866
Name Verified on: 17-Jul-1998 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 30-Aug-1999
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Medicines: source of crofelemer & taspine (it contains taspine fide CoopAmaz; CRC MedHerbs ed2; Herbs Commerce ed2)

Distributional Range:


  • Southern America

    • Western South America: Bolivia; Colombia; Ecuador; Peru


  • Brako, L. & J. L. Zarucchi Catalogue of the flowering plants and gymnosperms of Peru. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 45. 1993 (L Peru)
  • Duke, J. A. et al. CRC Handbook of medicinal herbs. 2002 (CRC MedHerbs ed2)
  • Estrella, E. 1995. Plantas medicinales amazonicas, realidad y perspectivas (CoopAmaz) 28:210-212.
  • Govaerts, R. et al. World checklist and bibliography of Euphorbiaceae. 2000 (L Euphorb)
  • Killeen, T. J. et al. Guia de arboles de Bolivia. 1993 (Trees Bolivia)
  • McGuffin, M., J. T. Kartesz, A. Y. Leung, & A. O. Tucker Herbs of commerce, ed. 2. 2000 (Herbs Commerce ed2)
  • Missouri Botanical Garden W³Tropicos (on-line resource). (TROPICOS)
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource). (Pl Names)
  • Soukup, J. Vocabulario de los nombres vulgares de la flora peruana. 1970 (Names Soukup) 99.
  • Wiersema, J. H. & B. León World economic plants: a standard reference (on-line edition) [medicinal plants only]. (World Econ Pl Med)

Check other web resources for Croton lechleri Mull. Arg. :

  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.