The only Jatropha native to Madagascar, this small branched tree comes from the south west of the country and can reach around 6m tall.
The thick stem branches from near the base, with leaves being produced from the ends of the growing tips. Leaves are typically 3-lobed, around 6cm long, with triangular lobes, and grow on the ends of long leaf stems.
Flowers are white with red-striped throats. Blooms are around 10mm wide.
Seeds contain an oil known as ‘huile de Betrata’ that is used in similar manners to cousin Jatropha plants as a biofuel.
Frost tender under 10°C.