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Family: EUPHORBIACEAE 

 Jatropha podagrica
 
  
Author:  William Jackson Hooker 1848
Family:  Euphorbiaceae
Habitat:  Central America
Soil:  Peat
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  20 centimetres
Height:  2 meters
Flower:  Red
Reproduction:  Seeds/(Cuttings)
Pop names:  Purging Nut
Synonyms:  -
Got it from:  Roskilde, Danmark
Year:  1990

15 centimetres across caudex.

Female flower and male buds.

 

Some male flowers. The females are in the centre, and flower first.

  

This member of the Euphorbiaceae family was first described by William Jackson Hooker in 1848. It's found in central America. Prefers good peat, some water and not to much sun. The caudex will grow up to 20 centimetres in diameter, the stems to 1,5 meter. The flowers are red, the male flower starts, but it can self-pollinate. Apparently, it's not possible to make cuttings form a caudex.

 First, the centred female flowers will open, then the many surrounding male flowers. It can self fertilize. The seedpods will pop when ripen, throwing the two to six seeds several metres away. Can be sown right away, and within a week, 100% will grow - for me.

A 150 centimetre high plant.

The seedpods dry out and explodes.
The seeds can be found five meters away.