Acalypha betulina Sond.
Ricinocarpus glabratus (Thunb.) Kuntze
Acalypha glabrata is a much-stemmed, much-branched, spreading shrub or small tree growing up to 5 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials.
Acalypha glabrata has a very wide distribution, large population, is not currently experiencing any major threats and no significant future threats have been identified. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2019)[
Southern Africa - southern Angola to Mozambique, south to South Africa
Forest margins, woodland and wooded grassland, usually on rocky hillsides; at elevations up to 1,600 metres[
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Leaves - cooked. The young shoots are eaten as a spinach[
The long, tough and flexible branches are used to make traditional baskets[
The wood is used for house building and more widely for fence posts and stakes[
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