Jatropha is a genus of flowering plants in the spurge family, Euphorbiaceae.
Maheshwari s Jatropha is an undershrub 1.5-2 m tall. It is named for Prof. Panchanan Maheshwari (1904-1966), Indian botanist. It is found in the costal areas of Tamilnadu and Kerala in India. It grows in porous, redsoil in summer. The caudex can grow to 30 cm.