Hairy Jatropha
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Hairy Jatropha
P Native Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Hairy Jatropha
Botanical name: Jatropha villosa    Family: Euphorbiaceae (Castor family)
Synonyms: Jatropha peltata Wight [illeg.], Jatropha villosa ramnadensis, Jatropha wightiana

Hairy Jatropha is a white woolly undershrub with leaves up to 10 x 11 cm, broadly ovate, round, palmately lobed. Lobes are shallow, linear, basally 3-5 nerved, puberulus above, densely white woolly below. Flowers are borne in cymes at branch-ends, up to 5 cm; bracts 3 mm, linear, velvet-hairy. Sepal tube is 1 mm, sepals 5 mm, oblong, overlapping, velvet-hairy. Flower tube is 4 mm, petals 5 mm, oblong, velvet-hairy; stamens 7-8, filaments fused, 3 mm, branched above, anthers 2 mm, oblong; disc of 5 glands, 0.5 mm, oblong. Hairy Jatropha is endemic to Peninsular India. Flowering: December-April.

Identification credit: S. Kasim Photographed in Thirumoorthi Hills, Udumalpettai, Tamil Nadu.

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