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Jatropha curcas

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A large shrub or small tree to about 6 m tall, originally probably native to southern Mexico and Central America. Its seeds are rich in a high quality oil that is poisonous but can be used as biodiesel and is therefore widely grown in dry tropical regions. Even though it is not as productive as oil palms for instance, it is productive on arid land where few other plants will grow.

 
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Grown in Proserpine Nth Queensland in Australia.
Can this plant be grown has an oil seed plant for the production of biodiesel ?Our plantation is in Nth Queensland a tropical climate with an annual rainfall of some 1200 mm in primariliy sugar cane growing areas.Need to confirm the growing cycle lead time before first harvest and an estimated rate of oil extraction per tonne of seeds
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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches


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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.


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