Jatropha cardiophylla (Torr.) Muell.-Arg.
Family: Euphorbiaceae
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Thomas Van Devender  
Kearney and Peebles 1969, Benson and Darrow 1981
Common Name: sangre de cristo Duration: Perennial Nativity: Native Lifeform: Shrub General: Loosely branching shrub, branches flexible, bark reddish brown, smooth, 0.5-1 m tall. Leaves: When present, alternate, heart-shaped, margins with rounded teeth, glabrous and shiny, 1.5-7 cm long. Flowers: Cream colored flowers with 5 petals united into a tube shape, stamens 8-10, united below into a column. Fruits: Singular, large seeds contained in a globose capsule with a small protuberance at the tip. Ecology: Found on sandy and gravelly slopes, plains, mesas, and foothills, from 2,000-3,000 ft (610-914 m); flowers July-August. Notes: Called the Sangre de Cristo, the roots contain a red dye, and the clear sap is said to be able to seal wounds as it coagulates quickly on contact with the air. Most of the year this plant is a bunch of reddish barked stems, then all of a sudden you add water and you have beautiful heart-shaped leaves. Ethnobotany: Stems used to make baskets. Etymology: Jatropha is from the Greek iatros for doctor and trophe for food, while cardiophylla means heart leaves. Synonyms: None Editor: LCrumbacher, 2011
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Ries Lindley  
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Anthony Mendoza  
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S. F. Hale  
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Wayne Van Devender  
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Wayne Van Devender  
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