Jatropha gossypiifolia

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Jatropha gossypiifolia
Bellyache Bush (Jatropha gossipifolia) in Hyderabad, AP W IMG 9473.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Genus: Jatropha
Species: J. gossypifolia
Binomial name
Jatropha gossypifolia

Jatropha gossypiifolia, commonly known as bellyache bush, black physicnut or cotton-leaf physicnut, is a species of flowering plant in the spurge family, Euphorbiaceae.[1] The species is native to Mexico, South America and the Caribbean islands. It is a declared noxious weed in Puerto Rico and is naturalised in northern Australia, including Queensland where it is listed as a Class 2 declared pest plant.[1][2] It grows to between 2.5 and 4 metres high. The three lobed leaves are purple and sticky when young and become bright green with age. The small red flowers with yellow centres appear in clusters. These are followed by cherry-sized seed pods that are poisonous.[2]Powdery mildew fungal disease was reported[3]


  1. ^ a b "Taxon: Jatropha gossypiifolia L.". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Bellyache bush". Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Queensland Government. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  3. ^ http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF02602900

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