Jatropha dichtar is a much-branched shrub with stiffly erect branches arising from near ground-level; it can grow up to 3 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
East tropical Africa - Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya.
Found among lava rocks, and is locally common in open bushland on red sandy soils, at elevations from 200 - 900 metres[
The sap of the aerial parts is used as eye drops to treat eye infections[
A root decoction is taken to treat abdominal pain[
]. The peeled root is crushed and soaked in cold water, and the bitter infusion is taken as an emetic and laxative. The root can also be chewed and swallowed for these purposes[
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