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Useful Tropical Plants

Jatropha zeyheri

Sond.

Euphorbiaceae

+ Synonyms

Jatropha brachyadenia Pax & K.Hoffm.

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General Information

Jatropha zeyheri is a perennial, somewhat succulent, monoecious, densely hairy herb producing stems up to 30cm long that are usually erect but are sometimes prostrate[
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The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for local medicinal use.

Known Hazards

The plants are poisonous[
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Botanical References


Range

Southern Africa - Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland, S. Africa.

Habitat

Wooded grassland with scattered shrubs, in mopane woodland on sand, also in disturbed areas, at elevations of 900 - 1,250 metres[
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Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.30 m
Self-fertileNo
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

Internal use of this plant should be carried out with care since overdoses are poisonous[
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An infusion of the rhizome is used to treat uterine pain, irregular periods, leg and feet pain, and is given as an emetic to treat food poisoning[
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]. A decoction is taken to treat headache and cough, and also as a blood purifier and purgative[
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The powdered rhizome is applied externally to wounds, boils and burns to speed up the healing process[
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]. Young shoots are rubbed in for this purpose, or plant sap is applied[
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The daphnane diterpenoid jaherin, isolated from the plant, has shown some antimicrobial activity[
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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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