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.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 428. (Includes a picture).

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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Flora of Malawi: Acalypha chirindica
Flora of Mozambique: Acalypha chirindica
Flora of Zambia: Acalypha chirindica

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Acalypha chirindica
African Plant Database: Acalypha chirindica
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Acalypha chirindica
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Acalypha chirindica
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Acalypha chirindica
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Acalypha chirindica
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Acalypha chirindica
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Ispot Southern Africa: Acalypha chirindica
JSTOR Plant Science: Acalypha chirindica
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Acalypha chirindica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Acalypha chirindica
The Plant List (version 1.1): Acalypha chirindica
Tropicos: Acalypha chirindica


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Acalypha chirindica.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=135050, retrieved 16 June 2019

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