Acalypha chirindica S. Moore

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Acalypha chirindica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyamuakwarara River, John Meikle Research Station

Acalypha chirindica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyamuakwarara River, John Meikle Research Station

Acalypha chirindica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyamuakwarara River, John Meikle Research Station

Acalypha chirindica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyamuakwarara River, John Meikle Research Station

Acalypha chirindica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyamuakwarara River, John Meikle Research Station

Acalypha chirindica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyamuakwarara River, John Meikle Research Station

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Synonyms: Acalypha psilostachyoides Pax
Common names: Understorey false-nettle (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Deciduous scrambling shrub or small tree. Branches almost pendent. Leaves ovate-lanceolate to asymmetrically rhombic-lanceolate, 3-5-veined from the base, light green, somewhat pilose on both surfaces, particularly on the veins; margins crenate-serrate. Stipules linear-lanceolate, up to 9mm long, reddish-brown. Flowers unisexual on the same plant; male flowers in axillary racemes up to 6 cm long (image 6); female flowers in terminal spikes with conspicuous red styles (image 5), held in cupshaped, frilled bracts (image 3). Fruit 3-lobed, pubescent.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: chirindica: of the Chirinda Forest.
Habitat: In the understorey of evergreen and riverine forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 500 - 1650 m
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: From southern DRC and Tanzania to Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Monday 7 May 2012
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 142.

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 510.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 54.

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

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 40.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 47.

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Pages 189 - 190. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 84.

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Page 241.


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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: Species information: Acalypha chirindica.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=135050, retrieved 1 October 2016

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