New Mexico, Texas, Central + Northern Mexico
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Nettlespurge, Arizona Desert Potato, Physic Nut
Jatropha arizonica, I.M.Johnst.
Jatropha macrorhiza var. septemfida, Engelm.
This member of the
Euphorbiaceae family was
given this name by George Bentham in 1839. It is found in Arizona,
New Mexico, Texas, central and northern Mexico, growing in a rich
drained soil with some water and some sun. The caudex can grow
to seven centimetres, the plant up from 50 to 80 centimetres height. The
flowers are pale pink.
The genera name from the Greek
words ἰατρός; iatros, meaning 'physician', and τροφή;
trophe meaning 'nutrition', as to medicinal uses. The species name means