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  Jatropha multifida
  Family Name : Euphorbiaceae

  Common Names : Coral plant

  Chinese Name : 细裂叶珊瑚

Coral plant
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Tree (Shrubby (1m-5m)), Shrub
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Maximum Height :
      6 m
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Tropical and subtropical America
      Native Habitat :
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Tropical, Sub-Tropical / Monsoonal
      Local Conservation Status :
      Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Foliage: Large, palmately cut into 9-11 deep narrow lobes., up to 30cm across.
      Flowers: Borne in clusters, flowers are bright coral red with small yellow petals, resemble a piece of coral.
      Fruits: Green to yellow when matured, usually 3 angled capsule. The capsule does not open on its own at maturity like some of other Jatropha species do.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      Medicinal (All parks of the plant have been widely used in traditional folk medicine in many parts of West Africa. The seeds haven been used as a purgative, anthelmintic and abortifacient as well as for treating ascites, gout, paralysis and skin diseases. The seed oil of the plant has been used as an ingredient in the treatment of rheumatic conditions, itch and parasitic skin diseases. The bark and leaves are used as medicine for neurodermatitis, itchy skin and skin eczema.)
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Flowers
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Dry Soils / Drought, Well-Drained Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      General, Parks & Gardens, Container Planting, Bonsai
      Usage Hazards / Cons :
      Toxic Upon Ingestion, [Remarks] (All parts are toxic but in particular the seeds.)
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Associated Fauna :
      Butterfly Food Plant (Flower Nectar)
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun, Semi-Shade
      Water Preference :
      Little Water
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
      Foliar Arrangement Along Stem :
      Foliar Attachment to Stem :
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage (Palmate)
      Foliar Venation :
      Foliar Margin :
      Palmately Lobed
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower Colour(s) :
      Flower Grouping :
      Cluster / Inflorescence
      Flower Location :
      Flowering Period :
      Free-Flowering, Hot & Dry Period
The information given on this website has been compiled from reference works on medicinal plants and/or pron only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Reliance on this information is strictly at your own risk. You should always consult your physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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