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Useful Tropical Plants

Acalypha lanceolata

Willd.

Euphorbiaceae


This species close resemblance to Acalypha indica may account for the overlap in uses and confusion concerning identity of the plants[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Website
http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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+ Synonyms

Acalypha albicans B.Heyne ex Hook.f.

Acalypha boehmerioides Miq.

Acalypha collina Hayne ex Hook.f.

Acalypha corchorifolia Vahl ex Baill.

Acalypha crenata glandulosa Müll.Arg.

Acalypha fallax Müll.Arg.

Acalypha flexuosa Wight ex Steud.

Acalypha floribunda B.Heyne ex Hook.f.

Acalypha glomerata Hutch.

Acalypha harmandiana Gagnep.

Acalypha hispida Benth.

Acalypha indica K.Schum. & Hollr.

Acalypha virginica Benth.

Acalypha wightiana Müll.Arg.

Acalypha wightiana lanceolata (Willd.) Müll.Arg.

Acalypha zeylanica Raf.

Ricinocarpus fallax (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze

Ricinocarpus lanceolatus (Willd.) Kuntze

Common Name:

Acalypha lanceolata
This is actually Acalypha crenata, a very similar species in general habit, ddiffering only in minor characteristics
Photograph by: Marco Schmidt; African plants - A Photo Guide
© Marco Schmidt

General Information

Acalypha lanceolata is an erect or straggling, sparsely branched annual plant that can grow from 10 - 100cm tall[
305
Title
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.hear.org/pier/scientificnames/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A very good website detailing weed species that have been introduced into the Pacific Islands.
,
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
,
713
Title
Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/cd-keys/rfk/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online resource giving botanical information, and a little bit about plant usage, for over 2,700 species of plants found in the Australian rainforest.
,
1913
Title
Revision and phylogeny of Acalypha (Euphorbiaceae) in Malesia
Publication
Blumea 55, 2010: 21-60
Author
Sagun V.G., Levin G.A. & van Welzen P.C.
Website
http://10.3767/000651910X499141
Publisher
 
Year
2010
ISBN
 
Description
 
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The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine. One report says that it is sometimes cultivated as a vegetable[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
,
1913
Title
Revision and phylogeny of Acalypha (Euphorbiaceae) in Malesia
Publication
Blumea 55, 2010: 21-60
Author
Sagun V.G., Levin G.A. & van Welzen P.C.
Website
http://10.3767/000651910X499141
Publisher
 
Year
2010
ISBN
 
Description
 

Range

Tropical east Africa, through the Arabian Peninsula, Indian Subcontinent and southeast Asia to New Guinea, northern Australia and the western Pacific.

Habitat

Locally common along roadsides or in abandoned fields, at elevations up to 400 metres[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
,
1913
Title
Revision and phylogeny of Acalypha (Euphorbiaceae) in Malesia
Publication
Blumea 55, 2010: 21-60
Author
Sagun V.G., Levin G.A. & van Welzen P.C.
Website
http://10.3767/000651910X499141
Publisher
 
Year
2010
ISBN
 
Description
 
]. A weed of cultivation, roadsides and house-yards in New Guinea, often in partly-shaded places[
305
Title
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.hear.org/pier/scientificnames/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A very good website detailing weed species that have been introduced into the Pacific Islands.
].

Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitAnnual
Height0.60 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details



The plant has spread widely, probably as a result of human activity, and is a weed of cultivation in many areas of the tropics[
305
Title
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.hear.org/pier/scientificnames/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A very good website detailing weed species that have been introduced into the Pacific Islands.
,
713
Title
Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/cd-keys/rfk/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online resource giving botanical information, and a little bit about plant usage, for over 2,700 species of plants found in the Australian rainforest.
].

Edible Uses

Leaves and young shoots - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].

Medicinal

The leaves are applied as an antiseptic on boils and swellings[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

The whole plant is used to relieve headache[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. The plant is used as a vermicide and a carminative, and is also applied to sores310].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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