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This is one of the most elegant and distinct of all the recent introductions of this useful class of plants. It was discovered by the late Mr John Gould Veitch in the South Sea Islands. The leaves are of a glossy-green colour, the margins and centre being of a bright orange yellow. They attain a length of 20 to 24 inches, and, as will be seen from the accompanying figure engraved from a photograph, they have a graceful drooping habit, which makes it a most suitable plant for table and room decoration. It is as easy to cultivate as the general run of Crotons, and it well deserves a place in every collection of orna-mental-foliaged stove-plants.
Fig. 23. - Croton Johannis.