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Jatropha gaumeri Greenm.; pomol che'

Tree (or shrub) with milky latex; leaves alternate, simple, broadly ovate, base cordate, margin entire, apex acuminate to apiculate, palmately veined; inflorescence from axils of leaves at stem apex, long-pedicellate, cymose; flowers greenish yellow, pistillate on early cyme branches, staminate ultimate cyme branches; fruit an explosively dehiscent capsule.

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The latex from freshly severed petioles is used medicinally for sores of the mouth and gums.