Jatropha

 

Jatropha is a very diverse subtropical and tropical genus which includes succulents, many interesting caudiciform species, herbaceous perennials, and woody trees. All the Jatrophas share very similar flower structures suggest a relatively recent common ancestor that must have looked like a primitive Euphorbia.

Like many in the euphorb family, Jatropha contains a milky sap that can irritate skin and can be extremely painful if it reaches the eyes. Although some species are not toxic, without any specific information, one can assume that all parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested. A number of Jatrophas including the physic nut (J. curcas) yield oils of medicinal value.

Jatrophas have male flowers and female flowers that are borne on the same plant, although generally not at the same time.

Species and varieties
Jatropha cinerea (Ashy Limberbush, Lomboy Blanco)
Jatropha gossypifolia (Belly-ache bush, Frailecillo)
Jatropha integerrima (Spicy Jatropha)
Jatropha multifida (Coral Bush)
Jatropha podagrica (Gout Plant, Tartogo)
Jatropha hastata synonym of Jatropha integerrima (Spicy Jatropha)
Jatropha moluccana synonym of Aleurites moluccana (Buah Keras, Candle nut Tree, Kukui Nut)
Jatropha panduraefolia synonym of Jatropha integerrima (Spicy Jatropha)

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