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Bellyache Bush

(Jatropha gossypiifolia, fam. Euphorbiaceae)

Jatropha gossypiifolia Jatropha gossypiifolia Jatropha gossypiifolia Jatropha gossypiifolia Jatropha gossypiifolia
Squat, erect, perennial, thick-stemmed shrub 2.5-4 m tall
Form or habit: Shrub or small tree
Latex:
Leaf:Simple Alternate

Young leaves deeply divided into three rounded lobes, purple, sticky, prominent gland-tipped margins. Mature leaves alternate, bright green, about 100mm in diameter, 3-5 lobes, margins covered in coarse, dark brown hairs.

Flower conspicuous: Conspicuous
Flower colour: Colour name
Flower description:Small, glossy red petals, yellow centre, about 4mm across, in clusters on upper parts of plant.
Fruit conspicuous: Conspicuous
Fruit colour: Brown
Fruit:
Fruit description: Pods, smooth, oval, about 12mm; seeds 8mm long, 3-4 per pod.
Habitat:Woodland
Distribution:Distribution information
Food source for:Who eats it
Toxicity:Toxic if ingested
Origin:Tropical America
Weed:Yes
Weed status:Declared class 2,Weed of National Significance
Notes:Any other notes!
Information sources:
Townsend

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