Jatropha dioica var. graminea

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Scientific Name Jatropha dioica var. graminea USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Leatherstem ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Euphorbiaceae (Spurge)
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Description Habitat: Dry desert environments; open brush and scrub,rocky outcrops, ledges
Plant: Perennial subshrub 6 to 24 inches tall with thick, fleshy brownish-red stems, simple or with a few branches.
Leaves: Small leaves, single or crowded on short shoots, linear-spatulate to narrowly obovate 1/2 to 2-3/4 inches long, usually unlobed, sometimes shallowly and rarely deeply, 3-lobed.
Inflorescence: Dioecious (male and female flowers on separate plants); small, pinkish-white urn-shaped flowers with sepals united at bases; male (staminate) flowers in terminal or axial clusters, female (pistillate) flowers usually occurring singly.
Bloom Period: Spring and summer.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, Flora of North America, Texas A&M, and "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason.
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