Maheshwari's Jatropha
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Maheshwari's Jatropha
ative Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Maheshwari's Jatropha • Tamil: Araalai
Botanical name: Jatropha maheshwarii    Family: Euphorbiaceae (Castor family)

Maheshwari's Jatropha is an undershrub 1.5-2 m tall. It is named for Prof. Panchanan Maheshwari (1904-1966), Indian botanist. It is found in the costal areas of Tamilnadu and Kerala in India. It grows in porous, red soil in summer. The caudex can grow to 30 cm. Flowers are yellow.

Identification credit: S. Kasim Photographed in Radhapuram, Tirunelveli Dist, Tamil Nadu.

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