4433.000 Jatropha L.

Bailey, L.H. & Bailey, E.Z. (1976) Hortus Third. A concise Dictionary of Plants Cultivated in the United States and Canada Macmillan Publishing Co, Inc., New York

Description of the genus

Monoecious (rarely dioecious) trees, shrubs or herbs. Indumentum simple and/or glandular. Stipules present. Leaves alternate, simple, generally palmately lobed. Inflorescences terminal or axillary, cymose, often in the form of a corymb. Male flowers: calyx usually with 5 imbricate lobes; petals 5; stamens 8 in 2 whorls of 5 and 3; pistillode 0. Female flowers: calyx and petals as for male; stigmas 3, usually 2-fid. Fruit usually splitting into 3 2-valved cocci, rarely indehiscent.

Worldwide: 175 species in tropical and warm regions

Zambia: 10 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
baumii Pax B,SS,W
curcas L.B,N,E,SNw,N,E,SDescription, Image
gossypiifolia L. var. elegans (Pohl) Müll. Arg.NN,WDescription, Image
macrophylla Pax & K. Hoffm.EE
multifida L.C,EE,LkDescription, Image
pachyrrhiza Radcl.-Sm.[DD]N,SLp,S
prunifolia Pax N,W,ENw,N
schweinfurthii Pax subsp. zambica Radcl.-Sm. CLk
seineri Pax var. seineri B,SS,W
seineri Pax var. tomentella Radcl.-Sm. [EN]SS

Other sources of information about Jatropha:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Jatropha
Flora of Caprivi: Jatropha
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Jatropha
Flora of Malawi: Jatropha
Flora of Malawi: cultivated Jatropha
Flora of Mozambique: Jatropha
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Jatropha
Flora of Zimbabwe: Jatropha
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Jatropha

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Jatropha
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Jatropha
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Jatropha
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Jatropha
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Jatropha
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Jatropha
JSTOR Plant Science: Jatropha
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Jatropha
Plants of the World Online: Jatropha
Tropicos: Jatropha
Wikipedia: Jatropha

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Jatropha.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=864, retrieved 4 March 2024

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