Jatropha podagrica Hook.

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Jatropha podagrica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rhino Hotel, Old Runde Bridge, Mwenezi

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Common names: Australian bottle plant (English) White rhubarb (English)
Description: Glabrous eglandular shrub to 2 m; stem swollen at the base. Latex watery. Leaves long-petiolate, peltate; lamina 3-5-lobed, green above, paler beneath; lobes entire. Inflorescence a dense corymb. Petals scarlet. Fruit 3-lobed.
Notes: Commonly cultivated as an ornamental in Zimbabwe but there are no records of it as a naturalized escape.
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Worldwide distribution: Native to C America; widely cultivated in the tropics.
Growth form(s): Shrub under 2 m.
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Image last updated: Saturday 24 May 2008

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African Plant Database: Jatropha podagrica
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Jatropha podagrica
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Jatropha podagrica
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Jatropha podagrica
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Jatropha podagrica
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Jatropha podagrica
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Jatropha podagrica
Ispot Southern Africa : Jatropha podagrica
JSTOR Plant Science: Jatropha podagrica
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Jatropha podagrica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Jatropha podagrica
Tropicos: Jatropha podagrica
West African Plants database: Jatropha podagrica

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-15

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2015). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Jatropha podagrica.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/species.php?species_id=169730, retrieved 2 December 2015

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