from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An annual euphorbiaceous plant, Croton capitatus (Heptalon graveolens), with densely soft-woolly and somewhat glandular stems, and the fertile flowers capitate and crowded at the base of the sterile spike. It occurs from Illinois and Kentucky southward.
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However, soon after arriving at the Meadow, I was very excited to find caterpillars of the goatweed leafwing on the Texas goatweed (Croton capitatus, aka hogwort or woolly croton) plants growing abundantly along the roadside edge.