Acalypha petiolaris Hochst.

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Acalypha petiolaris

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba Rd nr White Horse Inn

Acalypha petiolaris

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba Rd nr White Horse Inn

Acalypha petiolaris

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

Acalypha petiolaris

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kopje Tops, Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area

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Synonyms: Acalypha brachiata E. Mey. ex C. Krauss
Acalypha chariensis Beille
Acalypha haplostyla Pax
Acalypha hirsuta Hochst. ex A. Rich.
Acalypha rehmannii Pax
Acalypha senegalensis Pax & K. Hoffm.
Acalypha senensis Klotzsch
Acalypha sidaefolia A. Rich.
Acalypha tenuis Müll. Arg.
Acalypha villicaulis A. Rich.
Acalypha zambesica Müll. Arg.
Ricinocarpus languidus Kuntze
Ricinocarpus petiolaris (Hochst. ex C.Krauss) Kuntze
Ricinocarpus senensis (Klotzsch) Kuntze
Ricinocarpus sidifolius (A.Rich.) Kuntze
Ricinocarpus tenuis (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze
Ricinocarpus villicaulis (Hochst. ex A.Rich.) Kuntze
Ricinocarpus zambesicus (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze
Common names: Chitambura (Shona) Hairy acalypha (English) 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: 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 Eswatini.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Perennial.
Endemic 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. As Acalypha villicaulis (Includes a picture).

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

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. As Acalypha villicaulis (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 2. As Acalypha villicaulis

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

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

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. As Acalypha villicaulis

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

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

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Flora of Botswana: Acalypha petiolaris
Flora of Caprivi: Acalypha petiolaris
Flora of Malawi: Acalypha petiolaris
Flora of Mozambique: Acalypha petiolaris
Flora of Zambia: Acalypha petiolaris

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Acalypha petiolaris
African Plant Database: Acalypha petiolaris
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Acalypha petiolaris
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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 petiolaris., retrieved 25 July 2024

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