Acalypha amentacea Roxb.
subsp. wilkesiana (Müll. Arg.) Fosberg

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Synonyms: Acalypha compacta Guilfoyle ex C.T. White
Acalypha godseffiana Mast.
Acalypha marginata J.J. Sm. non Spreng.
Acalypha wilkesiana Müll. Arg.
godseffiana Mast. var. marginata (J.J. Sm.) Pax & K. Hoffm.
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Notes: This species has been included in the 'native and naturalised' section of the Zimbabwe site on the basis of the statement in FZ (Vol. 9, part 4, p. 209) that it 'occasionally occurs as a garden escape' in the Flora Zambesiaca area. Specifically, it is not stated whether the record for the Central Division (Biegel 4718) is naturalised or planted. We ourselves know of no records of this species from Zimbabwe as anything other than a cultivated plant.
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Worldwide distribution: Native to Polynesia; widely cultivated in the tropics and subtropics
Growth form(s): Shrub over 2 m.
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Biegel, H.M. (1977). Check-list of ornamental plants used in Rhodesian parks and gardens. Rhodesia Agricultural Journal. Research Report No. 3. Page 18.

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Pages 208 - 209. as Acalypha wilkesiana

Other sources of information about Acalypha amentacea subsp. wilkesiana:

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Flora of Mozambique: Acalypha amentacea subsp. wilkesiana
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Acalypha amentacea subsp. wilkesiana
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Acalypha amentacea subsp. wilkesiana
Flora of Zimbabwe: Acalypha amentacea subsp. wilkesiana

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Acalypha amentacea subsp. wilkesiana., retrieved 29 February 2024

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