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Published In: Flora Indica . . . nec non Prodromus Florae Capensis 303 [203], pl. 61, f. 1. 1768. (Fl. Indica) Name publication detailView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
Contributor Text: A. RADCLIFFE-SMITH
Type: Type: t. 61 in Burm. f., Fl. Ind. 1768.
Distribution: Distribution: Country of origin not known for certain, but possibly the Bismarck Archipelago, Papua New Guinea; widely cultivated as an ornamental in the tropics generally.
Illustration: Acalypha hispida Burm. f. (Illustration)
Map Location: G-4 Karachi: Ghandi Garden, 20.11.1965, Saida Qureshi s.n. (KUH); Karachi University Campus, 25.4.1969, G.N. Nuzhat 181 (KUH).


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A much-branched dioecious shrub up to 2 m. Young shoots tomentose, later sparingly puberulous or glabrescent. Petioles 1-5 cm long. Leaf-blade broadly ovate to rhomboid-ovate, (6-) 9-15 x (3-) 6-10 cm, shortly subacutely acuminate, rounded or cuneate, serrate, 5-nerved from the base, sparingly pubescent above and beneath, and more evenly so along the midrib and main veins, later glabrescent, bright green, the veins often reddish. Stipules lanceolate, (3-) 5-7 mm long. Inflorescences axillary, solitary, spicate, shortly pedunculate; the males not seen; the females up to 30 cm long, very densely-flowered, with a puberulous axis and minute ovate bracts, bright red on account of the masses of styles. Female flowers sessile; sepals 3-4, triangular-ovate, 0.7 mm long, acute; ovary subglobose-trilobate, 1 mm diam., densely pubescent; styles ± free to the base, 5-7 mm long, laciniate, bright red.
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