| Physic Nut |
| Jatropha curcas|
| Uses: Medicinal/Poisonous!
|| Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 11+) |
| When to Sow: Anytime
|| Ease of Germination: Easy |
| (Termite plant; Babantsi; Bio-diesel plant)
Impressive-looking small tree cultivated as an ornamental throughout Africa. Seeds and leaves have a strong purgative action and poisonous if used internally. Used externally for skin parasites, venereal disease, herpes, and as a dressing for wounds. In India a renewable bio-fuel is made from the seeds.