Jatropha podagrica Hook.

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Jatropha podagrica

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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

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Pages 261 - 262.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Jatropha podagrica
African Plant Database: Jatropha podagrica
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Jatropha podagrica
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Jatropha podagrica.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/species.php?species_id=169730, retrieved 29 May 2024

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