Jatropha gossypiifolia

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(Bellyache Bush)




Jatropha gossypiifolia

Common name(s)

Bellyache Bush (CLASS 2)

Flower colour; life form

Flowers red. Shrub or small tree to 4 m tall.

Distinguishing features

Leaves alternate, 3-5-lobed, young leaves deep purple in colour. Clusters of sticky gland-tipped hairs prominent. Flowers red; fruit a 3-lobed capsule, seeds released explosively. Plants with poisonous properties.

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