Acalypha brachiata C. Krauss

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Acalypha brachiata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba Rd nr White Horse Inn

Acalypha brachiata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba Rd nr White Horse Inn

Acalypha brachiata

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

Acalypha brachiata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kopje Tops, Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area

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Synonyms: Acalypha chariensis Beille
Acalypha haplostyla Pax
Acalypha hirsuta Hochst. ex A. Rich.
Acalypha petiolaris Hochst. ex C. Krauss
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: Hairy acalypha (English) Heart-leaved Brooms and Brushes (English)
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.
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Habitat: In a wide variety of woodland and grassland habitats and at the fringes of riverine and evergreen forest.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Nov - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, South Africa and Eswatini.
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
Growth form(s): Perennial.
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Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 99. (Includes a picture).

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

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

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

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 241. (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.

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

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Flora of Botswana: Acalypha brachiata
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Flora of Zambia: Acalypha brachiata
Flora of Zimbabwe: Acalypha brachiata

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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Acalypha brachiata
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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: Species information: Acalypha brachiata., retrieved 23 April 2024

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