Large shrub or small tree to 6 metres in dry rainforest and along the interface between rainforest and eucalypt forest from Illawarra, NSW to Gympie, QLD and close to Darwin, NT.

Relatively smooth branchlets with only a few scattered hairs and scales.

Leaves are soft, hairless, thin and green above and below and are distinctly finely toothed along the margins.

Small yellow-green flowers (November to January) which are followed by globular orange-brown capsule fruit (ripe March to July).

Similar to Croton insularis in that the older leaves on the plant turn red/ orange before dropping and the bark emits a pleasant odour when injured. Relatively commonly encountered in local rainforest remnants, especially along the exposed, sunnier edges of the forest where it acts as a pioneer species.

Its name refers to J.P. Verreaux, a botanical collector from 19th century Tasmania).

Photo: Robert Whyte