Euphorbiaceae Week: Jatropha curcas from Delhi

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Gurcharan Singh

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Mar 9, 2011, 9:59:00 PM3/9/11
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Jatropha curcas L., Sp. pl. 2:1006. "Gurcas"; 2: errata. 1753 
syn: Curcas curcas (L.) Britton & Millsp. [Invalid] 
       Curcas indica A. Rich.

The seeds yield curcas oil, a powerful pugative also used in maling candles, soaps and varnishes and used for burning, as it does not produce any soot, can be processed to produce a high-quality biodiesel fuel, usable in a standard diesel engine. The seeds are also a source of the highly poisonous toxalbumin curcin.

Common names: Barbados-nut, bubble-bush, physicnut, purgenut, purgingnut
Hindi: Jangli arandi, safed arand
Guj: Ratanjota


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SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007
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