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Useful Tropical Plants

Acalypha brachiata

Krauss


This name is not universally accepted. Some authorities treat it as a synonym of Acalypha villicaulis Hochst., but we are following the treatment in 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families', accepting the correct name for this species as Acalypha brachiata with Acalypha villicaulis treated as a synonym[
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Plants for a Future
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Ken Fern
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Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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+ Synonyms

Acalypha chariensis Beille

Acalypha haplostyla Pax

Acalypha hirsuta Hochst. ex A.Rich.

Acalypha languida E.Mey.

Acalypha petiolaris Hochst. ex C.Krauss

Acalypha rehmannii Pax

Acalypha senegalensis Pax & K.Hoffm.

Acalypha senensis Klotzsch

Acalypha sidifolia A.Rich.

Acalypha tenuis Müll.Arg.

Acalypha villicaulis Hochst. ex 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 Name:

Acalypha brachiata
Leaves
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General Information

Acalypha brachiata is an erect perennial plant producing more or less woody stems up to 2 metres tall from a woody rootstock[
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The plant is often harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Tropical Africa - Senegal to Ethiopia, south to Namibia, Botswana and S. Africa.

Habitat

Woodland and grassland, and also in coastal and lakeshore grassland, sometimes in riverine and submontane forest, at elevations from sea-level to 2,200 metres[
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Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *  *
HabitShrub
Height2.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The steam of a leaf decoction is inhaled to treat fever[
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The chopped leaves, or an infusion of the leaves, are used to improve the healing of wounds and sores[
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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The fresh or dried aerial parts are crushed and the decoction drunk to treat liver diseases[
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The pounded leaves, twigs and flowers are applied to snakebites[
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The roots are aphrodisiac and astringent. A decoction is widely used to treat diarrhoea, including bloody diarrhoea; it is also used in the treatment of coughs and asthma; to prevent premature ejaculation; as an abortifacient and contraceptive; and is given to children who suffer from burning urine[
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The root powder, or a paste made with the powder and fat, is applied locally to treat itch[
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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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