Scientific Name :
Jatropha podagrica Hook.
Local/Common name(s) :
Gout plant, Bottle euphorbia, Tartogo
Flowering/Fruiting Time :
Status (IUCN) :
Native to Central America; Kerala: throughout (planted)
Description (Morphology) :
Shrub with bottle or belly shaped trunk and clusters of tiny, coral-like flowers on long stems and large, lobed leaves, makes for an unusual looking plant. Leaves arge, lobed, peltate and somewhat succulent. Flowers grow on long stems, brilliant red in colour.