Common Name: Fire bush
Habit: Croton lucidus grows as a small to medium shrub up to 2 m in height. The leaves are arranged alternately, ovate to oblong, with an entire margin and acute leaf apex. The surface has pellucid punctate glands and occasional pubescence. The leaves can have a reddish coloration.
The actinomorphic, dioecious flowers are arranged in axillary or terminal racemes. Staminate flowers have 5 unfused, green, ciliate, sepals in the calyx. The corolla has 5 unfused, white petals. There are 12 stamens and no carpel. The carpellate flowers have 5 unfused sepals in the calyx. The corolla has 5 unfused white petals. There are no stamens. The superior ovary has 3 locules. The fruit is a 3-parted capsule.
Habitat: Croton lucidus grows on a limestone substrate in Dry Broadleaf Evergreen Formations (Coppice) most typically in Shrublands.
Distribution in Bahamas/Globally: Croton lucidus occurs throughout all island groupings in the Bahamian Archipelago, south Florida and the entire Caribbean region.