Jatropha gossypiifolia L.
var. elegans (Pohl) Müll. Arg.

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Jatropha gossypiifolia var. elegans

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Mungari town, Guro district.

Jatropha gossypiifolia var. elegans

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Mungari town, Guro district.

Jatropha gossypiifolia var. elegans

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Mungari town, Guro district.

Jatropha gossypiifolia var. elegans

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Mungari town, Guro district.

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Synonyms: Jatropha elegans (Pohl) Klotzsch
Common names: Red physic nut (English)
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Introduced
Description:
Multi-stemmed shrub. Stems and branches hollow, purple, covered in stalked glands (image 3). Leaves crowded near the ends of branches, palmately 3-5-lobed, dark purple when young, turning olive-green with age, margins and petioles with hair-like stalked glands. Flowers in terminal clusters, deep red with a yellow centre. Fruit a 3-lobed capsule.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: gossypiifolia: with leaves like a Gossypium, i.e. palmately lobed
Habitat: Near rivers and particularly in disturbed areas.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: native to tropical America from Mexico to Paraguay and naturalised elsewhere
Mozambique distribution: N,T,MS,GI
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 1 August 2012
Literature:

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Page 259.

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Flora of Malawi: Jatropha gossypiifolia var. elegans
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Jatropha gossypiifolia var. elegans
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Jatropha gossypiifolia var. elegans

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Jatropha gossypiifolia
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Jatropha gossypiifolia
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Jatropha gossypiifolia
JSTOR Plant Science: Jatropha gossypiifolia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Jatropha gossypiifolia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Jatropha gossypiifolia
The Plant List (version 1.1): Jatropha gossypiifolia
Tropicos: Jatropha gossypiifolia


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Jatropha gossypiifolia var. elegans.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=135410, retrieved 24 May 2019

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