Thanks for the info. It raised plenty more questions. Not just on the Jatropha. Plenty to keep the grey matter churning
From the list in your link the terms for the abbreviation Sdec
are listed as "stem succulent, deciduous herbs shrubs or trees.
That is all fine BUT
they are in parentheses() and the legend states:"Type in brackets, e.g. (Sd): Either the plant is little succulent
and more herbaceaous, xerophytic or woody,
or as the plant is not in cultivation the
true expression of its succulence is not yet known. "
Oh Poop!! More fodder for the anti-succulent folks.
I have shot off a few e-mails to a few professionals I know that have personal experience with the plant. Perhaps I can get at least an opinion to share.
Leafed out J. cardiophylla in Saguaro NP-West this summer.
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I still stand by my semi-pregnant statement. I understand plant succulence as usually
an enlargement of the parenchyma tissue to store water as a reservoir for more arid periods. This is the case in the J. cardiophylla. Unless there is specific % of enlargement required to be a "real" succulent. The J. cardiophylla is a succulent in my mind.
To be continued,
OH FORGOT-another term I ran across:
According to John F. Wiens- Department of Botany, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum,
Jatropha cardiophylla Limberbush (marginally succulent stemmed perennial)
John feels the plant is a stretch to be called succulent anything!!!!!! That is 20+years of experience there.
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
ArizonaEd--Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society-- www.tucsoncactus.org