Sunday, May 19, 2013
One of the 170 Species Called Jatropha Plants is on Okinawa (Photos)
It's always a pleasure to give readers some interesting facts about plants and flowers.
So, I go to great lengths researching any new ones I capture with the camera.
Here are a few photos of Jatropha hastata found in the 21 Century Forest Park.
That's in Nago City, Okinawa, Japan and the plants were photographed Mar 11, 2013.
Shooting these bright red, star-shaped flowers on a cloudy day was a blast.
It's always a good idea, when you spot an new flower, to shoot plenty of photos for identification.
Sometimes, the bark of the tree or, shape of the leaves is more important than the flower.
Getting a positive ID can be a real time-consumer and drive the average guy absolutely nuts !
This time, once I got my hands on the right book, it was a breeze.
Sub-tropical Flowers in Okinawa ISBN4-9901917-3-0 gave me the answer: Jatropha hastata.
Then, the University of Florida Okeechobee County Extension Service gave me this link.
Do not eat the seeds, they are very toxic !
Other than that, the plants are great for adding color to your landscape and attract butterflies.
Along came another interesting article from the University of Florida.
This time from IFAS Research the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station.
The oil that comes from the Jatropha seeds can run a diesel engine.
No wonder ya ain't supposed to eat them !
So, the research had to go on a bit further, to find out more about this mysterious plant.
A person could invest in Jatropha cultivation or make, biodiesel and even, jet fuels.
Here's an official Jatropha Tree Site
Next thing you know, I'm spending the whole day doing online searches for Jatropha.
This could turn out to be the hottest thing since they invented rubber tires for automobiles.
Along came the United Nations and, they busted my bubble.
That's what got me thinking, I should maybe, put this flower on my Doozies Page.