Acalypha amentacea grandis (Benth.) Fosberg
Acalypha consimilis Müll.Arg.
Acalypha exaltata Baill.
Acalypha finitima S.Moore
Ricinocarpus consimilis (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze
Ricinocarpus exaltatus (Baill.) Kuntze
Ricinocarpus grandis (Benth.) Kuntze
Acalypha grandis is a spreading shrub or a small tree usually around 2.5 metres tall but sometimes growing up to 10 metres tall[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
Australasia and the west Pacific - New Guinea, Bismarck Archipelago, Solomon Islands,Fiji, Gilbert Islands, Samoa, Wallis-Futuna Island
Primary and secondary forests, coastal and lowland thickets, stream banks, and in regrowth along lava flows, at elevations up to 150 metres[
]. Common around houses[
Plants can flower and produce fruit all year round[
The young leaves are squeezed into water and the solution drunk as a treatment for diarrhoea and dysentery[
]. The finely crushed leaves and flowers are added to food as an antidiarrhoeal[
]. The sap of heated leaves in combination with Citrus sap is given as a remedy for thrush in children[
A poultice of the leaves is an effective remedy for boils and other skin affections[
The sap of the pounded inner bark is employed as a mouthwash against thrush[
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