Acalypha acrogyna Pax

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Acalypha acrogyna

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near base of Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

Acalypha acrogyna

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near base of Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

Acalypha acrogyna

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near base of Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

Acalypha acrogyna

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near base of Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

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Status: Native
Description:
Unarmed, much-branched scrambling shrub up to 3 m tall. Bark of smaller branchlets brownish and finely velvety when young. Leaves elliptic-ovate to elliptic-lanceolate, mostly 1.5-6 cm long, obtusely acuminate at the apex, rounded or cordate at the base, 3-5-veined from the base, sparsely pubescent,mainly on midrib and veins beneath and with tufts of hairs in the axils; margin crenate-serrate or almost entire; petiole mostly 2-5 mm long. Stipules narrowly triangular-lanceolate, 2-3 mm long, sparsely pubescent. Inflorescences unbranched, up to 7 cm long, usually on dwarf side branchlets, flowers mostly male with 1-3 female flowers at the top. Fruit somewhat, 3-lobed, up to 4 mm wide, sparsely pubescent and echinate.
Notes: This is the only species of Acalypha in Zimbabwe that has inflorescences with female flowers at the top and male flowers below.
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Habitat: In understorey of riverine and lake shore evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 500 - 1200 m
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Worldwide distribution: Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, eastern DRC, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E,S
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Images last updated: Saturday 7 January 2017
Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 252.

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Pages 198 - 199.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Acalypha acrogyna.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=135010, retrieved 24 August 2017

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