A. Radcliffe-Smith & R.
Central African Republic, Chad,
Jatropha tuberosa, Pax
This member of the
was given this name by Alan Radcliffe-Smith and RafaŽl Herman Anna Govaerts in
1997. It is found in the Central African Republic, Chad, Sudan and
Uganda, growing in a well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to
four centimetres or more in diameter, the entire plant
to 75 centimetres in height. The flowers are greenish white.
The genera name from the Greek
words ἰατρός; iatros, meaning 'physician', and τροφή;
meaning 'nutrition', as to medicinal uses. The species name is an
indication is is African and have a tuberous root.