Its botanical name is Jatropha podagrica. Its other common names are gout plant, purging-nut, Guatemalan rhubarb and goutystalk nettlespurge. Native to Guatemala. All parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested. The seed oil is used to reduce swellings, for pain relief and to detoxify snakebites.
The stem is swollen into vasculum at the base and filled with thin sap. The plant bears bright red coral-like flowers throughout the year. The plant contains the toxic curcin, making it poisonous.
Jatropha podagrica is also known for its incredible ability to attract a variety of butterflies wherever it is grown.
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March 8th, 2013
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