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Useful Tropical Plants

Acalypha filiformis

Poir.

Euphorbiaceae

+ Synonyms

Acalypha filiformis arborea Poir.

Acalypha goudotiana Baill.

Acalypha lantanifolia Bojer

Acalypha ovalifolia Baill.

Acalypha paxii Palacký

Acalypha pervilleana Baill.

Acalypha reticulata (Poir.) Müll.Arg.

Acalypha rubra Roxb.

Acalypha rubrinervis Cronk

Acalypha urophylla Baill.

Acalypha urophylla Pax

Claoxylon reticulatum (Poir.) Bojer

Ricinocarpus reticulatus (Poir.) Kuntze

Tragia arborea Comm. ex Baill.

Tragia reticulata Poir.

Common Name:

Acalypha filiformis

General Information

Acalypha filiformis is a shrub, sometimes adopting a more climbing habit, with stems that can be up to 6 metres long[
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of basketry material.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Africa - Madagascar, Réunion and various Islands in the Indian Ocean, excluding the Seychelles.

Habitat

Forests and ruderal sites at elevations from sea level to 2,000 metres in Madagascar[
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Properties

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HabitShrub
Height5.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

A decoction of the whole plant is taken 3 times per day to treat dysentery[
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Preliminary phytochemical screening revealed the presence of tannins and anthocyanins in the root bark, stem bark and leaves; and alkaloids and saponins in the leaves[
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Other Uses

The flexible stems and branches are used to make baskets and fish traps[
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The stems are also suitable to make walking sticks[
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The leaves are used as tissues and are especially useful to clean children[
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Propagation

Seed -

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