Jatropha glauca senegalensis (MÃ¼ll.Arg.) Hiern
Jatropha lobata senegalensis MÃ¼ll.Arg.
Jatropha chevalieri is a deciduous, somewhat succulent shrub that can grow up to 1.5 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
The plant is toxic to herbivores[
West tropical Africa - Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, Niger.
Found mainly on sandy soils, e.g. sand dunes. In the dry zone of Mauritania it occurs in wadis, in the Sahel zone it is found in savannah and shrub vegetation[
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Found in the wild mainly on sandy soils[
The leaves and latex are considered haemostatic and vulnerary; they are applied directly on wounds to stop bleeding[
]. The latex is also locally applied to mumps[
The root extract is taken for treating complications of syphilis and leprosy[
Oil from the grilled seeds is applied to boils and abscesses[
]. Powdered seed, mixed with lizard fat, is massaged onto the skin to treat spleen pain[
The latex of Jatropha chevalieri contains the cyclic oligopeptides chevalierin A, B, and C. Chevalierin A showed weak activity against Plasmodium falciparum[
The leaves are used to apply henna to the skin[
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