Bellyache bush (Jatropha gossypiifolia)

An ornamental shrub to 2m high. This plant is naturalised in the northern half of Queensland. The small flowers are dark red with bright yellow centres.
The leaves are deeply three-lobed, with the leaf stalks covered in coarse, sticky, dark brown hairs.
The ripe fruit splits open to release two or three black seeds.

Toxicity category: 2, 3
Category 2 - Potentially toxicCategory 3 - Irritant
Warning: For all ingestions seek urgent medical assistance.

Common name: Bellyache bush

Botanical name: Jatropha gossypiifolia

Other common names: Cotton-leaf physic nut

Family: Euphorbiaceae

General description: An ornamental shrub to 2m high. This plant is naturalised in the northern half of Queensland.

Flowers: The small flowers are dark red with bright yellow centres.

Leaves: The leaves are deeply three-lobed, with the leaf stalks covered in coarse, sticky, dark brown hairs.

Fruit/Berries: The ripe fruit splits open to release two or three black seeds.

Other: The sap may cause contact dermatitis and eye inflammation

Symptoms: Symptoms may be delayed an hour or longer, and include abdominal pain, a burning sensation in the throat, nausea, vomiting and profuse diarrhoea. Dehydration and bleeding from the gut may follow. Flushed skin, dilated pupils, dry skin and mouth and increased heart rate may occur.

Toxicity category: 2, 3
Category 2 - Potentially toxicCategory 3 - Irritant
Warning: For all ingestions seek urgent medical assistance.

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