Ricinocarpus bipartitus (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze
Acalypha bipartita is a scrambling hairy shrub which may become a dense bush to 3 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and material for basketry. The leaves are sometimes sold in local markets[
Tropical east Africa - southern Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, eastern Zaire, Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania.
Forest undergrowth, forest edges and associated grasslands and bushlands, sometimes riverine, extending into wooded grassland but mainly in grazing areas, at elevations from 1,000 - 1,500 metres[
]. Thrives in valleys with adequate moisture[
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Acalypha bipartita is a plant of medium elevations in the drier tropics, where it can be found at elevations from 1,000 - 1,500 metres[
]. It is found growing in areas where the mean annual rainfall is in the range 900 - 1,500mm[
Prefers yellowish, sandy loams but tolerates a wide range of soil types[
When growing in moist soils, the leaves can be harvested all year round[
Young leaves and shoots - cooked[
]. They have a bland or slightly bitter taste and are eaten as a vegetable[
]. The leaves are collected, chopped and added to cooking beans or peas and the mixture served with a staple[
The stems are used to make baskets for winnowing and in the construction of granaries[
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