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Photo by Sue Carnahan, Swbiodiversity.org.


The swollen roots by Charles W. Kane, Medivetus.com.


The inflorescence by S.L.Minter, S.L., Swbiodiversity.org.


The flowers by Liz Makings, Swbiodiversity.org.

Author: 

John Torrey, 1859

Family: 

EUPHORBIACEAE

Origin: 

NW Mexico, SE Arizona; US

Soil: 

Sandy - Mix

Water: 

Medium

Sun: 

Maximum

Thickness: 

7 Centimetres

Height: 

15-150 Centimetres

Flower: 

White

Propagate: 

Seeds

Names: 

Caribe, Mala Mujer (Bad Woman, as it is stinging)

Synonyms: 

Jatropha angustidens, Müll. Arg. 1866.
Cnidoscolus pringlei,
I.M. Johnst. 1923.
Jatropha pringlei
, Standl. 1926.
Cnidoscolus orbiculatus, Lundell, 1945

This member of the Euphorbiaceae family was given this name by John Torrey in 1859. It is found in north-western Mexico and south-eastern Arizona in the US, growing in a well drained sandy soil with some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to seven centimetres in diameter, the entire plant from fifteen to 150 centimetres in height. The flowers are white.

The name is derived from the Greek words κνίδη (knide), meaning 'nettle' and σκολος (skolos), meaning 'thorn' or 'prickle'. The species name from Latin; angusti; 'with narrow' and Latin; dens; 'tooth'.


The fruit by Ken-ichi Ueda, Inaturalist.org.


Large plant by Thomas Van Devender, Swbiodiversity.org.


The leaf by Thomas Van Devender, Swbiodiversity.org.