Congo, Angola, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe,
Mozambique, South Africa, Somalia
Jatropha pseudoglandulifera Pax, 1910.
kilimandscharica Pax & K. Hoffm. 1910.
messinica E.A. Bruce, 1951.
This member of the
Euphorbiaceae family was described by Ferdinand Albin Pax in
It is found in Kenya, Congo, Angola, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi,
Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Somalia and South Africa, growing in a well drained
soil with some water and some sun. The stem can grow to fourteen
centimetres in diameter and from 125 to 200 centimeters height.
The flowers are greenish yellow.
The genera name from the Greek
words ἰατρός; iatros, meaning 'physician', and τροφή;
trophe meaning 'nutrition', as to medicinal uses. The species name means
'spike-like, or disposed on a spike.