Jatropha curcas L.

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Jatropha curcas

Photo: Mark Hyde
Mtoko CL

Jatropha curcas

Photo: Mark Hyde
Mtoko CL

Jatropha curcas

Photo: Mark Hyde
Mtoko CL

Jatropha curcas

Photo: Bart Wursten
By Mazowe River, between camp and weir, Hippo Pools

Jatropha curcas

Photo: Bart Wursten
By Mazowe River, between camp and weir, Hippo Pools

Jatropha curcas

Photo: Bart Wursten
By Mazowe River, between camp and weir, Hippo Pools

Jatropha curcas

Photo: Bart Wursten
By Mazowe River, between camp and weir, Hippo Pools

Jatropha curcas

Photo: Bart Wursten
By Mazowe River, between camp and weir, Hippo Pools

Jatropha curcas

Photo: Bart Wursten
By Mazowe River, between camp and weir, Hippo Pools

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Synonyms:
Common names: Physic nut (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Introduced
Description:
A ± glabrous shrub or small tree to 6(-8) m. Stems fleshy, copiously emitting a watery or ± milky sap when cut. Leaves long-petiolate; lamina broadly ovate in outline, usually shallowly 5-lobed, sometimes unlobed, ± glabrous, dark green; base cordate; margin usually entire, but sometimes remotely and shallowly toothed, 7-9-nerved from the base. Inflorescence ± corymb-like with a peduncle to ± 5 cm. Fruit ellipsoid, scarcely 3-lobed, 2.5-3 cm long by 2 cm in diameter.
Notes: Grown for the oil-rich seeds and as a hedge and occasionally occurring as a naturalised escape.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In rocky places
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Native of tropical America, from Mexico and the W Indies to Chile
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Content last updated: Monday 16 September 2013
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Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Jatropha curcas
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African Plant Database: Jatropha curcas
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Jatropha curcas
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Jatropha curcas
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Jatropha curcas
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Jatropha curcas
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Jatropha curcas
Ispot Southern Africa : Jatropha curcas
JSTOR Plant Science: Jatropha curcas
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Jatropha curcas
Tropicos: Jatropha curcas
West African Plants database: Jatropha curcas


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Jatropha curcas.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=135390, retrieved 19 December 2014

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