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Euphorbiaceae, Jatropha chamelensis, Papelillo amarillo, pinoncillo – Jalisco, Mexico

October 23, 2014

Here are some photos of Jatropha chamelensis and endangered / endemic to the chamela-cuixmala biosphere reserve in Jalisco Mexico. The bark is very similar to another tree in the area, also called papelillo amarillo, but belonging to the Bursera genus.. I’ve been waiting to get photos of the flower fruit of this one.

Here is a previous post on J. chamelensis.

And a list of previous posts on the Euphorbiaceae family. 

Jatropha chamelensis bark Jatropha chamelensis leafSCW_6543Jatropha chamelensis branching

7 Comments leave one →
  1. October 23, 2014 10:08:39 pm

    Marvelous plant! I wish it would set some seed already. Its close cousin Jatropha standleyii seems to do better from a statistical perspective, although mine has never flowered. Thanks for posting this, there are very few good photos of it in situ.

    • October 23, 2014 10:08:04 pm

      I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for seeds. I might also experiment with cuttings. I have had success transplanting relatively big trees that were blown over in the last big hurricane (Jova).

      • October 23, 2014 10:08:58 pm

        Yes, my one plant was grown from a cutting from a specimen in a pot at Fairchild, but it succumbed to being moved from my old dry yard to my new wet one. The new yard extinguished a few of my Jatrophas. I was loathe to return them to pots from their free condition. However, J. standleyii does well, as does J. moranii and humboldtiana, and Cnidoscolus (Chaya) goes nuts.

  2. October 23, 2014 10:08:34 pm

    That trunk is very unusual. Is it a long lived tree? I wouldn’t have thought so with that softer looking trunk. Very interesting “bark” (skin?) peeling as well. Lovely big heart shaped leaves. What an interesting plant. Cheers for sharing it with us Spencer 🙂

    • October 27, 2014 10:08:12 pm

      I don’ think its very long lived. But I have seen some 40 ft tall trees. Nothing ancient though. Its endemic and not very common in this area of MX.

      • October 27, 2014 10:08:16 pm

        Yeah, that soft trunk was a dead giveaway that it wouldn’t be long lived. Cheers for the info Spencer 🙂

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