Tuba Bakod – Scientific name: L., Euphorbiaceae ; Jatropha curcas

English: Barbados nut, bubble bush, physic nut, purging nut;
Tagalog: Tuba Bakod

Physic nut is a drought resistant shrub that grows up to 20′ tall under favorable condition with spreading branches. There are male – and female plant of Jatropha curcas. The black thin shelled seeds are considered toxic; they contain the toxalbumin curcin and this make them fatally toxic.

Roasting the seeds seems to kill the toxin. However, they also contain a high percentage of clean oil used for candles, soap and bio-diesel production. The fruit contains 2 or 3 large black, oily seeds.

Physic nut has insecticidal – and fungicidal properties. It has yellow-green flowers and large (pale) green leaves.

It is a drought resistant shrub with a smooth gray bark.
Barbados nut has latex that contains an alkaloid (jatrophine) which shows anticancerous properties.
Caution is advised when using physic nut!
When irrigated it procedure seeds during the whole year.
The seeds contain 37% of this non edible oil.

In traditional medicine, the leaves of this plant are used against stomachache, diagnosed in children: boiled leaves for conditions of the gums and throat; tea of the leaves for stoppage of urine, constipation, backache and inflammation of ovaries.

10 thoughts on “Tuba Bakod – Scientific name: L., Euphorbiaceae ; Jatropha curcas

  1. omega

    may i know the name of the authors of this link please?i need to put it on my bibliography page. I’m conducting a research about the toxins present in this plant, and its insecticidal effect..

    thank you!

  2. Maria Eloisa P. Geconcillo

    do you also have scientific names for the following? I need it tomorrow. 7am sharp.
    Kayo, carabao grass, lemon,bamboo, narra, acacia, okra, pineapple, gabi, cacao, bananam pepper, lubi-lubi, caimito, buyo, cypress, oliva, wild peanut, kataka-taka, squash, callalily, amthurium,guyabano, yellow bush, cactus, and euphorbia. just send it in my email add. Thanks! great help

  3. shoucinu13


    can you give me other information about this Jathropa curcus, I was very interested about it on how it can produce the bio-diesel. I am a 4th year high school at Saint Mary’s University at Bayombong Nueva Vizcaya Philippines, and I also want this to be my investigatory project.. can you help me?

  4. Gbenga Jerry

    pls can i get more information about the plant (jathropa curus) because this is my project topic am working upon. from usmanu danfodiyo university, sokoto. nigeria. Rotr. Jerry +2348050507088 pls any body with useful information should kindly contact me.

  5. sunny valdez

    may i know the chemical constituents presents in the tuba bakod that it can be a potential natural insecticide!!!!!! i need it for my investigatory project!!!!

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