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Useful Tropical Plants

Jatropha spicata

Pax

Euphorbiaceae

+ Synonyms

Jatropha kilimandscharica Pax & K.Hoffm.

Jatropha messinica E.A.Bruce

Jatropha pseudoglandulifera Pax

Common Name:

Jatropha spicata
Pot-grown plant
Photograph by: Frank Vincentz
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General Information

Jatropha spicata is a semi-succulent, perennial plant with stems that are more or less woody and can persist for several years. The stems can be 50 - 200cm tall, growing from a rather swollen, almost tuberous base[
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African Flowering Plants Database
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http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
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Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
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Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
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The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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Flora Zambesiaca
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An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.

Range

Africa - Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Zimbabwe, S. Africa.

Habitat

Bushland, in rocky places or on clay or silt; shallow soil on basement complex rocky hillsides; red sandy soil in deciduous bushland and thicket; poorly drained alkaline sandy clay in seasonally wet grassland[
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Title
African Flowering Plants Database
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Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
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ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
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Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height1.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The roots are cooked with chicken and the soup is eaten to treat gonorrhoea[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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A leaf or stem infusion is taken as a laxative[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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The ethanol extract of the roots showed antibacterial activity in vitro[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
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Year
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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