Acalypha capitellata Brandegee
Acalypha hystrix Balb. ex Spreng.
Acalypha pavoniana Müll.Arg.
Ricinocarpus arvensis (Poepp.) Kuntze
Acalypha arvensis is a rather variable annual plant; usually erect to ascending and up to 50cm tall, the plant can be unbranched or branched, and the stems sometimes become more elongate, procumbent, and rooting at the lower nodes[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
S. America - Peru, Bolivia and northern Brazil, north through tropical America to Guatemala and Mexico; Caribbean - Trinidad, Windward Islands
Moist or wet thickets, fields, or banks, often a weed in cultivated or waste ground, frequent on sandbars along streams; at elevations up to 1,500 metres[
The plant is commonly known in Guatemala by the name 'Hierba del Cancer', where it is much used in household medicine[
]. The herb has a reputation as a 'cancer cure', and it is used commonly in treating sores, cutaneous and
venereal diseases, and the bites of various poisonous animals[
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