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

Malawi: 22 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Neptis goochii (Streaked sailor)
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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
brachiata C. KraussN,C,SDescription, Image
brachystachya Hornem.N,C,S
caperonioides Baill.N,C,SDescription, Image
chirindica S. MooreN,C,SDescription, Image
ciliata Forssk.N,SDescription, Image
crenata A.Rich.N,CImage
fimbriata Schumach & Thonn.N,C,SDescription, Image
fruticosa Forssk.S
glabrata Thunb. var. glabrata S
indica L.SDescription, Image
lanceolata Willd. var. glandulosa (Müll. Arg.) Radcl.-Sm.N,S
neptunica Müll. Arg. var. pubescens (Pax) Hutch.S
nyasica Hutch.N,C,S
ornata Hochst. ex A. Rich.N,C,SDescription, Image
paucifolia Baker & Hutch.N,C,S
polymorpha Müll. Arg.N,C,S
psilostachya Hochst. ex A. Rich. var. glandulosa Hutch.
psilostachya Hochst. ex A. Rich. var. psilostachya N,C,S
pubiflora Baill.SDescription, Image
racemosa Baill.SDescription, Image
segetalis Müll. Arg.C,SDescription, Image
welwitschiana Müll. Arg.N,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Acalypha:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Acalypha
Flora of Caprivi: Acalypha
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Acalypha
Flora of Mozambique: Acalypha
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Acalypha
Flora of Zambia: Acalypha
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Acalypha
Flora of Zimbabwe: Acalypha
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated 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, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Acalypha.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=857, retrieved 13 April 2024

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