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Croton niveus Jacq.

Low shrub with brittle branchlets; leaves alternate, simple, ovate, lower surface white with densely appressed scales, base cordate, margin entire, apex acute to acuminate, white-tipped; inflorescense racemose, flowers whitish..

The white leaf tip is formed by the the upward rolling of the extreme distal end of the leaf blade, revealing the white scales typical of the abaxial surface. In essence, the white leaf tip is formed by involution of the leaf margin along the ultimate 1 mm or so of the leaf blade.