Re :[Indiantreepix] Jatropha curcas(Mogli Erand)

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M. Sundararaman

Apr 8, 2008, 11:24:26 AM4/8/08
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Dear Satish,
It is a fact that Jatropha Curcas is the plant for BIO-DIESEL.The Integral Coach factory,Perambur and Southern Railway have successfully tried it with 5% Mix for passenger Hauling in 2004.Shri J.M.Garg is requested to obtain more uptodate information and include in the Spread Sheet.Thanks and Greetings for Baishakhi M. SUNDARARAMAN
On Tue, 8 Apr 2008 20:26:33 +0530 "satish phadke" wrote
Jatropha curcas(Mogli Erand)
This shrub was seen flowering on Vetal Tekdi Pune,Maharashtra on 5th April 2008.ARAI or forest department has done huge plantation of these plants in this area.
I think this is the one which is planted for biodiesel.

I hope the ID is correct.

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J.M. Garg

Apr 8, 2008, 10:34:03 PM4/8/08
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Here are some details from Wikipedia link:, which contains much more details.

Jatropha curcas, Barbados nut or Physic nut is a perennial poisonous shrub (normally up to 5 m high[1]) belonging to the Euphorbiaceae or spurge family. It is an uncultivated non-food wild-species.

The plant, originating in Central America [2], whereas it has been spread to other tropical and subtropical countries as well [3] and is mainly grown in Asia and in Africa, where it is known as Pourghère. It is used as a living fence to protect gardens and fields from animals. [4]

It is resistant to a high degree of aridity and as such does not compete with food crops.

The seeds contains 30% oil [5]that can be processed to produce a high-quality biodiesel fuel, usable in a standard diesel engine.

Cultivation is uncomplicated. Jatropha curcas can grow in wastelands and grows almost anywhere, even on gravelly, sandy and saline soils. It can thrive on the poorest stony soil and grow in the crevices of rocks. Complete germination is achieved within 9 days. Adding manure during the germination has negative effects during that phase, but is favourable if applied after germination is achieved. However, it is usually multiplied by cuttings, because this gives faster results than multiplication by seeds.


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Barry Stock

Apr 8, 2008, 10:56:42 PM4/8/08
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There is a mexican variant which has seeds which are non-toxic, and would be a boon as a food plant:

The difficulty is in that the plants are totally indistinguishable from the toxic variety.


Pankaj Oudhia

Apr 9, 2008, 4:02:32 AM4/9/08
Here is article on other aspect of Jatropha curcas.

Bare fact about poisonous Jatropha curcas.

Pankaj Oudhia

J.M. Garg

Apr 9, 2008, 4:58:03 AM4/9/08
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Thanks, Pankaj ji.
Certainly an eye-opening link &  worth reading. 

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