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Croton, shrub (genus Codiaeum) of the spurge family. Native to Southeast Asia, it is often used in parks in warm U.S. cities, and its multicolored leaves make it an attractive potted plant. One species, the purging croton, is a source of croton oil, a useful resin.

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