Jatropha curcas Common Names: Diesel Fuel Plant, Barbados Nut, Pinh o manso in Brazil Tempate in Nicaragua, Pokok Jarak in Malaysia Family: Euphorbiaceae (spurge family) Jatropha curcas is a valuable multi-purpose crop which can be used for bio-energy to replace petro-diesel, for soap production and climatic protection, and hence deserves specific attention. Jatropha curcas as one of the best candidates for future biodiesel production. Plant the seed and cut our dependence on foreign oil! The marble size seeds are fast sprouting. A fast growing tree to 15' with good symmetrical balance in the branching and leaf form. Its leaves are nearly orbicular to 1' across, parted into 8-12 pinnately lobed segments giving the appearance of a large snowflake. All parts of the plant are poisonous if eaten. It can be pruned to a desirable height. Prefers full sun and slightly moist soil. Also makes a great bonsai.
Plant the seed and cut our dependence on foreign oil!