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Botanical name: Jatropha integerrima
Common name:Peregrina, Fire-Cracker, Star of Bethlehem and Spicy Jatropha
Peregrina is native to the West Indies, and is especially well known from Cuba. It has escaped cultivation and become established in disturbed areas in extreme southern Florida.
The flower clusters of this Jatropha are a brilliant scarlet red, or sometimes pink in color. Each individual flower has star-shaped petals with small yellow flower parts. But there’s something unusual about this plant – the male and female flowers grow in separate bloom clusters, either at different times or on different parts of the same plant. It is strongly attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies, especially to monarchs, swallowtails and zebras.
Female flowers that are visited by bees or caterpillars produce a seed capsule that is filled with three smooth speckled seed. While all…
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