Jatropha multifida L.

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Jatropha multifida

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Jatropha multifida

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

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Common names: Coral tree (English)
Status: Cultivated and sometimes naturalised
Glabrous eglandular shrub to 2 m, with milky latex. Leaves long-petiolate, not peltate, deeply palmately 10-12-lobed, the lobes narrow and irregularly lobed, arising from a cordate basal disk. Inflorescence corymbose, borne on a long peduncle. Flowers coral-red; female with larger petals. Fruit 3-lobed to pear-shaped.
Notes: An introduced species recorded from Mozambique as an ornamental and, per FZ, 'often naturalized in the Old World tropics generally'. It is not known whether it ever becomes naturalized in Mozambique.
Derivation of specific name: multifida: much divided
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Worldwide distribution: Native of tropical America from Mexico and Paraguay
Mozambique distribution: N,M
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Content last updated: Saturday 24 May 2008

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

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Flora of Malawi: Jatropha multifida
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Jatropha multifida
African Plant Database: Jatropha multifida
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Jatropha multifida
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Jatropha multifida
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Jatropha multifida
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Tropicos: Jatropha multifida
Wikipedia: Jatropha multifida

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Jatropha multifida.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=135440, retrieved 25 March 2023

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