Jatropha kilimandscharica Pax & K.Hoffm.
Jatropha messinica E.A.Bruce
Jatropha pseudoglandulifera Pax
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[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
Africa - Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Zimbabwe, S. Africa.
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[
The roots are cooked with chicken and the soup is eaten to treat gonorrhoea[
]. The ground root mixed with water is taken as a strong purgative[
A leaf or stem infusion is taken as a laxative[
The ethanol extract of the roots showed antibacterial activity in vitro[
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