Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

Jatropha curcas L.
physic nut, Barbados nut, curcas bean, purge nut, purging nut
Unknown, Potential minor problem species
Origin: South America
Growth Form: Shrub
Plant Description: A big shrub to 3 m tall; leaves usually 3-5-lobed, rarely simple, cordate, palmately nerved, dull olive green, the lobes acute, rather short; petioles 10-14 cm long; blades 10-19 cm long; panicles terminal or axillary; flowers yellow-green; sepals somewhat petaloid; petals basally coherent; male flower with internally pubescent corolla; stamens many, disc of 5 unequal glands; ovary 3 (sometimes 2 or 4)-celled; capsule gray-brown; seeds oily, compressed elliptic-oblong, ovary 1 cm long, nearly black.
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