4407.000 Acalypha L.

Description of the genus

Monoecious or rarely dioecious annual or perennial herbs, shrubs or rarely trees. Stipules present. Leaves alternate, sometimes dotted with translucent glands, often 3-7-nerved from the base. Inflorescences various, bisexual or unisexual; the male inflorescences axillary, slender, catkin-like; female inflorescences axillary or terminal, often spicate. Inflorescences with both male and female flowers, usually female at the base and male above, less often the other way around. Male flowers very small, clustered in small inconspicuous bracts; petals 0; stamens usually 8. Female flowers either sessile and 1-3(-5) in an accrescent bract which becomes leaf-like or shortly stalked and solitary in a non-accrescent bract; petals 0; ovary (2-)3-locular. Allomorphic female flowers often terminate the inflorescence in annual species. These have no bract and have a 1-locular ovary.

Worldwide: 430 spp. occurring in tropical and warm areas of the world

Zimbabwe: 17 taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Neptis goochii (Streaked sailor) Food plant
Acalypha villicaulis

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
acrogyna PaxC,E,S
allenii Hutch.N,W,C,EDescription, Image
ambigua PaxC
amentacea Roxb. subsp. wilkesiana (Müll. Arg.) Fosberg
caperonioides Baill.N,W,C,EDescription, Image
chirindica S. MooreN,EDescription, Image
ciliata Forssk.N,W,E,SDescription
crenata A.Rich.N,W,C,E,S
fimbriata Schumach & Thonn.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
glabrata Thunb. var. glabrata E,S
indica L.N,W,E,SDescription, Image
ornata Hochst. ex A. Rich.N,W,E,SDescription, Image
polymorpha Müll. Arg.N,W,C,E,S
pubiflora Baill.W,SDescription, Image
racemosa Baill.EDescription, Image
segetalis Müll. Arg.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
villicaulis A. Rich.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Acalypha:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Acalypha
Flora of Caprivi: Acalypha
Flora of Malawi: Acalypha
Flora of Mozambique: Acalypha
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Acalypha
Flora of Zambia: Acalypha
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Acalypha

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Acalypha
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Acalypha
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Acalypha
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Acalypha
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Acalypha

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Acalypha.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=857, retrieved 1 July 2016

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