Acalypha racemosa Baill.

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Acalypha racemosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rusitu Forest

Acalypha racemosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rusitu Forest

Acalypha racemosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rusitu Forest

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Synonyms: Acalypha paniculata Miq.
Common names:
Status: Native
Shrubby, branched perennial herb u to 1.5 m tall. Leaves up to 13 cm long, ovate, 5-9-veined from the base, variously hairy on both surfaces; margin crenate-serrate; petiole up to 10 cm. Flowers unisexual on the same plant. Female flowers in a large branched terminal head, up to 25 cm long; male flowers in axillary spikes. Fruit c. 3 mm in diameter, 3-lobed, with stalked glands.
Derivation of specific name: racemosa: bearing racemes; a rather odd name, since the female inflorescences are so distinctly paniculate.
Habitat: In the understorey of low-altitude evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 325 - 1220 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: From Ivory Coast to Eritrea, South to Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Also in southern India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Monday 24 March 2008

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.

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Page 198.

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

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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: Species information: Acalypha racemosa., retrieved 18 May 2024

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