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Wildflowers of Southern Arizona


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Limber Bush.
Jatropha cardiophylla.
Spurge (Euphorbiaceae) Family.

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: Commonly 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.
Santa Catalina Mountains
Sabino Canyon Recreation Area
Location: Beside Bear Canyon Tram Road.
7/19/19, 8/12/19

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