An upright evergreen shrub Jatropha intergerrima from Cuba grows up to 2.5m high and has 3-lobed glossy green leaves and bright red flowers.
Jatropha multifidi from Mexico to Brazil grows up to 4m high and has variable ovate to obovate leaf shape and small scarlet flowers in branched clusters. Jatropha podagrica from the Central America and Columbia is a succulent shrub with a short trunk thickened at the base, large, nearly circular leaves and clusters of coral-red flowers on large stalks at the end of the branches.
Jatropha gossypifolia from Nigeria is a leafy bush with milk juice, red, stem, red hairy petioles and broad, palmately lobbed foliage, coppery green with red veins and small flowers with red calyx and ivory white petals. Flowers are long-lasting, appearing continuously throughout the year fruits are oval capsules.