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Photo by Weijen Ang.

Photo by Weijen Ang.

Author: Emilio Chiovenda, 1932
Origin:  Somalia
Soil:  Sand - Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  4 Centimetres
Height:  20 Centimetres
Flower:  Greenish / Yellow
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Might be: Jatropha crinita, Johannes Müller Argoviensis, 1865?

This member of the Euphorbiaceae family was given this name by Emilio Chiovenda in 1932. It is found in the sand dunes of Somalia, growing with some water and some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow to four centimetres in diameter, the spiny stem up to 20 centimetres height. The flowers are greenish and yellow inside.

The genera name from the Greek words ἰατρός; iatros, meaning 'physician', and τροφή; trophe meaning 'nutrition', as to medicinal uses. The species name from the leaves; 'edged, bordered, with a distinct margin'.