Monday, July 30, 2012

Bellyache bush (Jatropha gossipifolia)

Introduced as an ornamental plant probably during British period* and now escaped and naturalized mainly in dry lowlands. It is a native plant of Central and South America to Caribbean islands.

*A specimen available at Peradeniya herbarium collected from the gardens there in May 1887 by some unknown collector. [Flora of Sri Lanka Vol XI]

1 comment:

  1. This species is spreading at Jaffna peninsula, Trincomalee, Muthur, Batti areas in Sri Lanka. The species is an invasive species.