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Euphorbiaceae, Jatropha cuneata, matacora, leatherplant, limberbush

December 13, 2009

The tree is small, stout, multi trunked. I didn’t see any growing much taller then seven feet. Up on ridges they were much more dwarfed, growing larger in arroyos. Unfortunately, somehow I didn’t get a photo of the leaves, but in at least one of these photos you can get a glimpse.

The peeled and pounded stems of J. cuneata were used by the Cora and Seri Indians to make baskets, The bark was used for dyeing and tanning.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 5, 2010 10:08:33 am

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    • January 6, 2010 10:08:44 pm

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  2. March 14, 2011 10:08:39 pm


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    Warm Regards


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