Duration: Perennial Nativity: Native Lifeform: Shrub Etymology: Jatropha comes from the Greek iatros for doctor and trophe for food, Synonyms: Jatropha. Jatropha cinerea is a species of plants with observations. Lomboy, Arizona nettlespurge Euphorbiaceae Native to Arizona (Pima County) and Mexico (Sonora, Baja California, Sinaloa) Oʻahu, Hawaii.
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Published by Daniel Mosquin on May 12, Euphorbiaceae Scientific Name s: Tamara Bonnemaison Copyright Holder s: Please contact the copyright holder for permission to use. Thank you David Eickhoff aka D. Eickhoff Flickrfor these two photos of Jatropha cinerez second image.
EuphorbiaceaeMalpighialesvia Flickr. The species is commonly known as Arizona nettlespurge or lomboy.
Plants Profile for Jatropha cinerea (Arizona nettlespurge)
Lomboy occurs natively in much of western Mexico including Baja California as well as Arizona. I have spent many winters camped on the beaches of Baja California, and lomboy reminds me of the task of making campfires on these dry, remote beaches. Often, I would collect firewood with travelers who had newly arrived from the Pacific Northwest.
These travelers, used to a seemingly endless supply of towering conifers, would hold their axes in limp bemusement, wondering how they would possibly find ajtropha for their campfire. Instead, they were to look for small, dead sticks that we would sparingly build our tiny fire with.
While looking for these sticks, they were to avoid impaling themselves on a cactus, watch for rattlesnakes, and hope that none of the sticks they chose held a scorpion. Once the travelers had come to terms with this new camping paradigm, we would set off into the brush.
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Invariably, one of the campers would soon let out a whoop, excited that they had come ciberea the motherload of brush—an entire large shrub that had died, perfect for our fire. I would find them pulling against a surprisingly rubbery branch of a Jatropha cinerea plant. Their clothing would be covered in a yellowish sap that would soon dry into blood-coloured stains, which no amount of scrubbing would ever remove. To the un-trained Cascadian, lomboy cinerez look dead much of the year.
Like many of the Baja Californian flora, Jatropha cinerea is drought-deciduous ; it can quickly sprout new leaves after a rain then drop them during a period of drought.
Cinere silvery-brown stems appear to forest-dwellers as long-dead, sun-bleached wood. Rather than being tinder-dry and campfire-ready, however, the stems are thick, succulent, and filled with a sap that can be used on minor wounds, abrasions, and chapped lips. The female flowers are solitary cinwrea, when fertilized, produce 2 or 3-lobed fruits in summer to early autumn.
Read More 2 Comments. I presume Jatropha does not possess toxic sap like so many other members of the Euphorbiaceae? This genus has been featured at least once before, 9 years ago: I look forward to camping on a Baja beach, and will look for this plant. It is fascinating that Jatropha can be used in so many ways. Jatropha curcas provides a sustainable orchard crop to a community of people in Jatropba.
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