Friday, September 14, 2012

Jatropha

Jatropha spp. (or pokok jarak in Malay) are plants belonging to the Family Euphobiaceae. The leaves are green but in some species they are reddish in colour. The leaves are lobed, the number varies among species. There are several species of Jatropha that have been described. The picture shown in this post is probably Jatropha gossypiifolia. The species name indicate that the leaves are similar to leaves of cotton plant, which is scientifically named Gossipium hirsutum.





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