Codiaeum variegatum Cardinal
Type F, 1-3/4" x 10", - This croton has deep blackish maroon leaves with a deep red midrib, and veins more or less outlined in red and somewhat marbled with red.
REF: Paper prepared by Wm. A. Geiger in collaboration with Mr. Christian of the Christian Nursery, Mr. Van der Lean and Mr. George L. Peacock. p.8.
Long narrow curved leaves of a brilliant cardinal red.
REF: Reasoner's Tropical Nurseries inc, croton listing. Group III, Fancy Sorts, p.4.