Plant ID forum: Coral Plant (Jatropha multifida)

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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Aug 8, 2015 9:22 AM CST
It was pointed out to me that this plant appears in the database with two distinctly different leaf shapes. I have always seen it like this:
but there are plenty of pictures out there where the leaves are much more divided. We think one or the other might be a different species? Can anyone shed light on this?
Name: Greene
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greene
Aug 8, 2015 9:56 AM CST
All I have learned thus far is the the deeply cut, lacy leaves are the more immature foliage but that it is the same plant. I'll keep looking.
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Name: Beverly
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vitrsna
Aug 8, 2015 10:28 AM CST
Hi Hetty and Greene...i grew my Jatropha multifida from seeds sent to me by a reputable seed seller in Madeira Beach, Florida. I believe that Jatrophas have variable leaf types. I know the J. integerrima is found with both fiddle leaves and ovate leaves and some other type. I am working on memory here from about 2 years ago. So i think it is possible that the J. multifida also might have variable leaf shapes. I am in the process of running out the door and don't have time to research that now. Also, i wonder if growing conditions, soil types, amount of water received, etc. might have some effects.
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Aug 8, 2015 11:33 AM CST
http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/SpecimenDetails.aspx?P...
http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/img/specimens/USF/8543...

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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Aug 8, 2015 11:40 AM CST
@Calif_Sue - what do you think?
Name: Greene
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greene
Aug 8, 2015 11:57 AM CST
From this link about medicinal plants of Myanmar:
http://www.tuninst.net/MP-KS/Euphorbiaceae/Euphorbiaceae.htm

Quote: "Leaves alternate, simple; stipules multifid stalks; petioles long, canaliculated; laminae orbicular, palmatisect, 3- to 5-lobed, incised into many narrow entire or lobulate segments, the bases rounded or cordate, the margins entire or glandular semulated, the tips caudate-acuminate, 5- to 10-costate, reticulate, glabrous, the upper surfaces green, the lower reddish green glaucous."
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Aug 8, 2015 1:06 PM CST
Sure looks like J. multifida to me:
http://mobile.floridata.com/Plants/Euphorbiaceae/Jatropha%20...
http://www.floridagardener.com/pom/jatropha_multifida.htm

Side by side Jatropha comparison photos here: http://okeechobee.ifas.ufl.edu/News%20columns/Jatropha.htm
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