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Useful Tropical Plants

Acalypha australis

L.

Euphorbiaceae

+ Synonyms

Acalypha chinensis Roxb.

Acalypha gemina (Lour.) Spreng.

Acalypha indica minima (H.Keng) S.F.Huang & T.C.Huang

Acalypha lanceolata Benth.

Acalypha minima H.Keng

Acalypha pauciflora Hornem.

Acalypha sessilis Poir.

Acalypha virgata Thunb.

Meterana dimidiata Raf.

Ricinocarpus australis (L.) Kuntze

Common Name:

Acalypha australis
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General Information

Acalypha australis is an erect, branched, annual herb that can grow from 30 - 60cm tall[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Title
African Flowering Plants Database
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Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
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Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
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Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
A widespread weed in east Asia, it has become naturalized in areas outside its native range[
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Title
Euphorbiaceae of Malesia
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Author
 
Website
http://www.nationaalherbarium.nl/euphorbs/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online resource that is still being developed, it gives detailed botanical descriptions of plants in the family Euphorbiaceae found growing in Malesia (the region from Peninsual Malaysia through Indonesia, the Philippines).
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
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275
Title
Flora of Japan
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Website
http://www.foj.info
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line version of the flora - an excellent resource.
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327
Title
Euphorbiaceae of Malesia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.nationaalherbarium.nl/euphorbs/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online resource that is still being developed, it gives detailed botanical descriptions of plants in the family Euphorbiaceae found growing in Malesia (the region from Peninsual Malaysia through Indonesia, the Philippines).

Range

Asia - south Russian far east, China, Japan, Korea, northern India, Laos, Vietnam, Philippines.

Habitat

Locally common in open disturbed habitats and gardens; at elevations from sea-level up to 1,500 metres[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitAnnual
Height0.45 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Acalypha australis has a wide native range from the temperate zone of Japan and China to the tropics of Indo-China.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The whole plant is used to cure dysentery, diarrhoea, scrofula, dermatitis, nosebleed, haemoptysis, as well as to stop coughs and to cure swollen feet[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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The leaves are used in poulticing snake bites[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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