limberbush Euphorbiaceae Jatropha cuneata Wiggins & Rollins Listen to the Latin symbol: JACU Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Alternate, simple, drought deciduous, oval to spatulate (leaves on rapidly growing shoots may become lobed), 1/2 to 3/4 inch long, thickened and fleshy, green to gray green; leaves appear along the twig on short side shoots.
Flower: Pale yellow, elongated bell shaped, 1/4 inch long, appearing after sufficient rainfall in small clusters at branch tips or on spur shoots.
Fruit: A three ridged, light brown 1/3 inch long capsule; thin husk splits to reveal a whitish inner seed.
Twig: Light brown, semi-succulent and very flexible; older stems with numerous short shoots. Sap in stems is blood red.
Bark: Light brown to reddish brown and stays quite smooth.
Form: A multi-stemmed shrub reaching up to 6 feet tall. Numerous stubby short shoots along stems.
leaf twig bark form1 map
Additional Range Information:
Jatropha cuneata is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting limberbush.
External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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