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Jatropha dioica (Leatherstem)
Cliffe, Harry

Jatropha dioica

Jatropha dioica Cerv.

Leatherstem, Leather Stem, Rubber Plant

Euphorbiaceae (Spurge Family)


USDA Symbol: jadi

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun


Native Habitat: Frequent in dry, rocky areas of the western Edwards Plateau and West Texas into Mexico.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Conditions Comments: Upright perennial. The flowers are small and appear along stem. The astringent sap in at first clear, turning red with exposure to the air. Beautiful when well-placed in a rock or cactus garden.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Deer Resistant: High

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Nueces River Authority - Uvalde, TX
NPSOT - Austin Chapter - Austin, TX
National Butterfly Center - Mission, TX

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2010-10-02
Research By: TWC Staff

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