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Common name

English: Physic Nut

German: Purgiernuss

Mandarin: 麻风树 (ma feng shu)

Portuguese: Pinhão-manso, Purgueira

Classification

Kingdom: Plantae (2616)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2519)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2128)

      Order: Malpighiales (111)

        Family: Euphorbiaceae (77)(family description)

          Genus: Jatropha (11)

            Epithet: curcas L. (1)

curcas => name first given by Garcia de Orto to ‘certain seeds’ in 1563, meaning unknown

Characteristics

Climate: tropical

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: shrub

Flower colour: green, yellow

External links

Check for Jatropha curcas at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI

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