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Jatropha dioica var. graminea (Leatherstem)
Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn

Jatropha dioica var. graminea

Jatropha dioica Cerv. var. graminea McVaugh

Leatherstem, Bloodroot, Sangre De Drago

Euphorbiaceae (Spurge Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: JADIG

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

The leaves, when present, are 1-1 1/4 inches long, in clusters on short, lateral branches. The plant is 18-24 inches tall, with reddish-brown stems that are extremely flexible, almost impossible to break. The small, cream-colored flowers, 1/4 inch across, supported by red sepals, grow in clusters at the end of the stems. Flowers are urn-shaped, flaring out into 5 tiny lobes. The staminate and pistillate flowers are on separate plants. It is said that if the plant is pulled up, it exudes a reddish liquid, causing it to be known as bloodroot.

 

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Flower:
Fruit:
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Red

Distribution

USA: TX

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry

Benefit

Interesting Foliage: yes

Bibliography

Bibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Jatropha dioica var. graminea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Jatropha dioica var. graminea in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Jatropha dioica var. graminea

Metadata

Record Modified: 2009-02-20
Research By: TWC Staff

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