Acalypha affinis Klotzsch
Acalypha amboynensis Benth.
Acalypha centromalayca Pax & K.Hoffm.
Acalypha glandulosa Blanco
Acalypha grandis amboynensis (Benth.) Müll.Arg.
Acalypha luzonica Pax & K.Hoffm.
Acalypha meyeri Pax & K.Hoffm.
Acalypha philippinensis Müll.Arg.
Acalypha stipulacea Klotzsch
Acalypha trukensis Pax & K.Hoffm.
Acalypha warburgii Pax & K.Hoffm.
Ricinocarpus blancoanus Kuntze
Ricinocarpus stipulaceus (Klotzsch) Kuntze
Acalypha amentacea is an evergreen shrub, sometimes becoming more tree-like, usually growing around 2 - 5 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine. It is grown as a hedge and oramental, valued for its attractive, rather curved and coarsely crisped, dark or bright red, red-green, or green leaves, which are often mottled or variegated with various shades of red, dark pink, white, or bronzy green[
SE Asia - Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, to New Guinea and the Caroline Islands.
Secondary forests and thickets[
]. Disturbed lowland mixed forest; roadsides; riversides; young secondary forest on limestone with thin clay cover; at elevations around 70 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Grows best in a sunny position, but tolerates some shade[
]. Prefers a well-drained, sandy soil with moderate moisture[
]. Tolerant of poor soils[
]. Established plants are reasonably drought tolerant[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
The plant has medicinal uses[
The stem sap is used to treat eye wounds or cataracts[
The plant is grown as an ornamental hedge, living fence and boundary marker[
Cuttings root easily[
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