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 species occurring in tropical and warm areas of the world

Zimbabwe: 2 cultivated taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Neptis goochii (Streaked sailor) Food plant
No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species

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

amentacea Roxb. subsp. wilkesiana (Müll. Arg.) Fosberg
siamensis Oliv. ex Gage

Other sources of information about Acalypha:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Acalypha
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Acalypha
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Acalypha
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Acalypha
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Acalypha
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Acalypha
JSTOR Plant Science: Acalypha
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Acalypha
Plants of the World Online: Acalypha
Tropicos: Acalypha
Wikipedia: Acalypha

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Acalypha.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=857, retrieved 2 December 2023

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