Common name: Guatemala rhubarb
Botanical name: Jatropha podagrica
Other common names: Gout stick, gout plant, also known as coral plant or physic nut.
General description: A deciduous ornamental often grown as a pot plant or in rockeries, this shrub has a thick gouty, swollen stem up to 60cm, often a few large leaves near the top of the plant.
Flowers: The flowers are very small and coral red in colour. Flowers throughout most of the year.
Leaves: The leaves are large, round, lobed and dark green, up to 30cm wide, with a wavy margin and a stout stalk attached on the underside of the leaf.
Fruit/Berries: The fruit are yellow, 3-angled, usually contain three seeds and are generally less than 2.5cm long.
Other: The sap is copious and clear. Contact with the sap can cause dermatitis.
Symptoms: The seeds are toxic, although the symptoms produced are not as severe as those associated with J.curcas. Symptoms can include abdominal pain and a burning sensation in the throat, followed by vomiting and diarrhoea.
Toxicity category: 2, 3
Warning: For all ingestions seek urgent medical assistance.