Jatropha multifida

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Jatropha multifida L.
  • Synonyms : Manihot multifida (L.) Crantz
  • Common Name : Coral Bush, Coral Plant, China Erand
  • Plant Family : Euphorbiaceae
  • Plant Form : Shrub
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 17, 18
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park, Ayurvedic Udyan, Van Chetana Kendra

About Jatropha multifida Plant :

  • Habit : A small shrub.
  • Leaves : Deeply divided into 5-11 lanceolate-acute lobes, the lobes again lobed, palmatipartite, stipules branched, petioles long.
  • Inflorescence : Many flowered, terminal cymes, branches red.
  • Flowers :
    • Long pedunculate, monoecious, calyx 5-lobed, petals 5, oblong red, twisted.
    • Stamens 8-10, filaments united, disk cup-shaped, glands prominent.
    • Ovary on a disk 3-celled, styles 3, stigmas bifid.
  • Fruits : Capsule obovate, yellow.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : August-November
  • Significance : A handsome plant in the gardens.