Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Flower Photos: Pretty But Deadly the Jatropha hastata
These photos were taken during my walk to the office this morning.
A tree, with bright red flowers, caught my attention so, I decided to get it for you.
The sun hadn't hit, yet because it was before 7AM and, it was looking like it would rain.
So, I snapped a few quick shots and moved along.
If you noticed, I haven't placed many images in Trees, Flowers and Ferns for September.
We're fixing that, now.
Here's a shot, to give an idea, how big this tree gets to be.
Research on these beauties will tell you:
Most of the 170 types of Jatropha originated in South America.
And, most of the parts of the plant are toxic so, you shouldn't eat them.
Especially the seeds; three of them, if consumed, can kill a human.
If you want to tan hides or, make diesel fuel, these plants might be good for you.
Or, if your neighbors keep stealing your flowers to eat.....
Sub-tropical Flowers in Okinawa ISBN4-99091917-3-0