Swaziland's Flora Database:
Jatropha variifolia Pax
(name current 2016)
(Jatropha cf. variifolia)
Growth form: Herb
Restricted distribution within southern Africa
Found within protected areas
Swaziland distribution: lowveld only
Local abundance: occasional
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Jatropha variifolia - Branching, shrubby, soft-wooded, up to 1 m high, hairless, non-glandular. Leaf stalk up to 4 cm long; blade deeply three or five-lobed, middle lobe up to 12 cm long x 4,5 cm wide, broadest about middle, blunt, margins toothless. Inflorescence terminal, extending beyond leaves, rather loose, repeatedly forking. Flowers distinctly stalked; petals yellowish. Fruit 1 cm diam.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.
Included in Tree Atlas.
Culverwell, J., K.P. Braun (in prep). Mlawula Nature Reserve Annotated Flora Checklist (incomplete, unpublished)