Be handy in Arizona with our new 1864 abortion law…..they will come for birth control next ,The article says after the oil is pressed, the seeds can be used in cattle feed, the husk's for medicine's, so looked it up.. The women in Yemen, use a cousin of this plant's husk for birth control..biodiesel. cattle feed and birth control. Holy Cow https://www.feedipedia.org/node/620 you have to wonder why now and not 50 years ago
Wonder if they used that on their reed boats ! The medicine men new many thingshttps://americanindian.si.edu/collections-search/archives/components/sova-nmai-ac-202-ref2?destination=edan_searchtab/archives%3Fedan_fq%255B0%255D%3Dset_name%253A%2522Dane%2520Coolidge%2520photographs%2520from%2520Mexico%2522I have two specimens of that plant here in Yuma. I dug them up in the big wash just north of Puerto Lobos about twenty years ago. Since then they have only grown about ten inches of new stems. Overall they are about two feet tall now. They put out new leaves only during the monsoon season like right now. No matter how much water they get they won't do anything until the heat and humidity is just right.
The plant is Jatropha cuneata also known as the Sangre de Drago or Dragons Blood Bush. They also live in Baja where some specimens get ten feet tall and have lower branches and trunks that look like elephant legs which is why the common English name is Elephant Tree.
The red sap gives the primitivos lots of dreamy, silly, imagination-gone-wild ideas about it's medicinal use. The stringy leathery soft stems are still used by the Seri Injuns to make their famous water proof baskets.
I did mention you desert dwellers.. I had a house west of PIR, in the Estrella Mountains and they were everywhere..We have a nice eighty foot barrier hedge of these plants growing along our back block wall and dirt alley. The variety here in Yuma is Lycium Andersonii.
They grow up to ten feet tall at my place and in most of the desert washes around here. They make an excellent natural barrier with nasty rigid thorny branches that draw blood on bare skin. The red berries feed many birds here. The plants are very invasive with the birds pooping out the seeds everywhere and the adult plants send out long underground roots that sprout out new ones every few feet.
I've never eaten the berries but do a taste test on them and the other varieties on occasion. The reason being is that the plant is a member of the Potato Family (SOLANACEAE) with most of them being quite poisonous as in belladonna and nightshade. Other members are common garden plants that at one time were considered dangerous to include the potato, tomato, red pepper, egg plant and tobacco.
The name Lycium is derived from Lykos=Wolf as in Wolf Berry. Lykos also the name of a now deceased momma of my wolf dog family.