Acalypha villicaulis A. Rich.

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Acalypha villicaulis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba Rd nr White Horse Inn

Acalypha villicaulis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba Rd nr White Horse Inn

Acalypha villicaulis

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road from Swynnerton Memorial to main road, Chirinda Forest

Acalypha villicaulis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kopje Tops, Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area

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Synonyms: Acalypha petiolaris Hochst. ex C. Krauss
Acalypha senensis Klotzsch
Common names: Chitambura (Shona) Heart-leaved Brooms and Brushes (English) Ubukubelo (Ndebele) Umsekezelo (Ndebele)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
A bushy perennial, which may grow up to 2m but is usually much smaller. Leaves distinctly petiolate and covered in long, silvery hairs. Male and female flowers normally on the same plant (see photo), the male spikes pale greenish yellow, situated in the leaf axils; the female flowers terminal with a crown of bright red hair-like styles.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: It occurs in a wide variety of woodland and grassland habitats and at the fringes of riverine and evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2135 m
Flowering time:Nov - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, South Africa and Swaziland.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Perennial.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Wednesday 9 June 2010

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 99. (Includes a picture).

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 72 - 73. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 124. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 241. (Includes a picture).

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Pages 194 - 196.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 55.


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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 villicaulis., retrieved 27 May 2016

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