Jatropha integerrima

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Jatropha integerrima Jacq.
  • Synonyms : Jatropha pandurifolia Andrews
  • Common Name : Peregrina, Spicy Jatropha, Fiddle-Leaved Jatropha
  • Plant Family : Euphorbiaceae
  • Plant Form : Shrub
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 2, 4, 12, 18
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation, Indroda Park, Ayurvedic Udyan, Van Chetana Kendra, Aranya Van

About Jatropha integerrima Plant :

  • Habit : A tall shrub, branches green-brown with prominent lenticels.
  • Leaves : Alternate, stipulate, panduriform or fiddle-shaped, cordate at base, where there are 3-4 glandular teeth on each side, smooth, dark green above, pale or purplish tinged below.
  • Inflorescence : Terminal corymbose cymes.
  • Flowers :
    • Monoecious or dioecious, pink.
    • Male flowers calyx small, cup shaped, imbricate, 5-lobed, purplish-red, petals 5, scarlet or pink, obovate, twisted, stamens 8-10, monadelphous, red, 4-5 short, anthers reddish-yellow, hastate, disk 5-lobed.
    • Female flowers sepals and petals same as male flowers, ovary 3-celled, styles 3, bifid, recurved.
  • Fruits : Capsule purplish-green in colour, seeds 3.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : September-December
  • Significance : Cultivated in gardens everywhere.