Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Yemen, Oman, Saudi
Jatropha villosa var. pelargoniifolia, Chiov.
Jatropha pelargoniifolia var. glabra, (Müll.Arg.)
Jatropha pelargoniifolia var. sublobata, Radcl.-Sm.
This member of the
Euphorbiaceae family was given this name by Alfred
Courbon in 1862. It is found
in Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Yemen, Oman and Saudi
Arabia, growing in a well drained soil with
some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to ten
centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 20 centimetres in
flowers are yellowish.
The genera name from the Greek
words ἰατρός; iatros, meaning 'physician', and τροφή;
trophe meaning 'nutrition', as to medicinal uses. As the species name so elegant imply, the leaves are really