Rheedii This is another old croton of uncertain origin but is very popular in India. Named for Hendrik Adriaan van Rheede, a naturalist and Governor of Dutch Malabar. He employed 25 people for his book "HortusMalabaricus", describing 740 plants of that region. The Gardener’s Chronicle (London) describes this variety in 1902. Its leaves are large showing exhibiting rose and vibrant pink colors.