Plant ID forum: Jatropha; possibly J. gossypifolia

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Name: John
Thibodaux, La. (Zone 9a)
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anole
Aug 23, 2015 10:33 AM CST
This plant was given to my wife and was told it was a coffee plant. I did look for an ID under that name but nothing came up. Can someone give me a scientific name or correct common name?

thanks

Anole
Jatropha
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Aug 23, 2015 11:55 AM CST
I don't know much about coffee but it looks more like some kind of Cassava plant; sure is pretty whatever it is.
Hope someone comes along who can ID this one!
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Aug 23, 2015 1:19 PM CST
Manihot michaelis comes close. I imagine the leaves don't always droop like in the photo, they are the correct shape.

http://explorelifeonearth.org/manihot.html

http://fm1.fieldmuseum.org/vrrc/index.php?language=br&page=v...

Name: Carter Mayer
Houston, TX (Zone 9b)
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Carter
Aug 23, 2015 3:50 PM CST
Jatropha gossypifolia. Beautiful once it gets a little larger!
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Aug 23, 2015 4:00 PM CST
Ah, here it is...yes. Jatropha gossypifolia is "often called the 'coffee plant' but it isn't...
http://www.onalee.com/catalog.php/onaleeisrael/dt69605/pd174...

See why so many people dislike the common names and prefer the botanical names? Rolling on the floor laughing
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: John
Thibodaux, La. (Zone 9a)
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anole
Aug 23, 2015 4:30 PM CST
thanks for the identification, I do prefer the botanical names.

Anole
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Aug 23, 2015 6:11 PM CST
Interesting! Most photos of Jatropha gossypifolia leaves have three lobes, yet the one on onalee's site has 5.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jatropha_gossypiifolia

http://www.mpbd.info/plants/jatropha-gossypifolia.php

http://www.landmanager.org.au/managing-weeds-wildlife-conser...

The leaves are also a different shape.

Another with 5 lobes, but are these correct?

http://www.texasriviera.com/summer2001/01april16-7.html

Found a site which mentions 3-5 lobes ..

Tuba-tuba is an erect, branched shrub usually less than one meter high. Petioles, leaf margins and inflorescences are covered with numerous, capitate-glandular hairs. Leaves are shining, smooth, palmately 3- or 5-lobed, 7 to 12 centimeters long, the lobes oblong-ovate and the younger leaves being purplish.


http://www.stuartxchange.com/Tuba-tuba.html

I can't see the "capitate-glandular hairs" on this plant, does it have them? Looking closer I can see some lower leaves do have 3 lobes.

It looks to be a very variable plant.

http://www.mytho-fleurs.com/images/Fleurs_du_Vietnam/fleurs_...

http://growerjim.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/jatropha-gossypifoli...

Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Aug 23, 2015 6:29 PM CST
I'm still looking...
have we looked at Jatropha glandulifera?
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