Jatropha erythropoda is an erect, several-stemmed somewhat fleshy perennial herb; it can grow up to 30 cm tall from an elongate or ellipsoid tuber that is up to 16 cm long and 3.5cm wide, lying some 15cm below ground-level[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
Southern Africa - Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, S. Africa.
Sandveld grassland; shallow pan margins; wooded grassland with Acacia and Combretum; at elevations from 900 - 1,400 metres[
A decoction of the rhizome is drunk to treat blood in the urine and stomach-ache[
The plant is rubbed on the skin to treat wounds and venereal diseases[
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