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Useful Tropical Plants

Acalypha macrostachya

Jacq.

Euphorbiaceae

+ Synonyms

Acalypha amplifolia Rusby

Acalypha callosa Benth.

Acalypha cancana Müll.Arg.

Acalypha caucana Müll.Arg.

Acalypha caudata Kunth

Acalypha cucullata Poir.

Acalypha fertilis Standl. & L.O.Williams

Acalypha foliosa Rusby

Acalypha heterodonta Müll.Arg.

Acalypha heteromorpha Rusby

Acalypha hicksii L.Riley

Acalypha hirsutissima Willd.

Acalypha lehmanniana Pax

Acalypha macrophylla Kunth

Acalypha neogranatensis Müll.Arg.

Acalypha obtusifolia Pax & K.Hoffm.

Acalypha piperoides Klotzsch ex Pax & K.Hoffm.

Acalypha seemannii Klotzsch

Acalypha sidifolia Kunth

Acalypha tarapotensis Müll.Arg.

Acalypha tristis Poepp.

Ricinocarpus callosus (Benth.) Kuntze

Ricinocarpus cancanus (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze

Ricinocarpus heterodontus (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze

Ricinocarpus macrostachyus (Jacq.) Kuntze

Ricinocarpus neogranatensis (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze

Ricinocarpus tarapotensis (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze

Common Name:

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General Information

Acalypha macrostachya is a shrub or a slender tree with a spreading crown; it can grow from 1 - 8 metres tall. The trunk is straight, slender, round, and clear of branches up to two-thirds of the height[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
,
453
Title
Woods of Northeastern Peru
Publication
 
Author
Williams L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Field Museum Press; Chicago.
Year
1936
ISBN
 
Description
Gives information on the properties of the wood of well over 1,000 species of woody plants from northeastern Peru. Can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and possibly for its wood.
Acalypha macrostachya 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)[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/

Range

S. America - Bolivia, northern Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; C. America - Panama to c. Mexico; Caribbean - Windward Islands

Habitat

Slightly humid land along the margins of forests[
453
Title
Woods of Northeastern Peru
Publication
 
Author
Williams L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Field Museum Press; Chicago.
Year
1936
ISBN
 
Description
Gives information on the properties of the wood of well over 1,000 species of woody plants from northeastern Peru. Can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Properties

Conservation StatusLeast Concern
Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *
HabitShrub
Height3.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The leaves are warmed and applied to patients with filariasis in order to chill the painful areas[
348
Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
].

Other Uses

The heartwood is pale gray; the sapwood almost white when fresh, but soon changing upon exposure to a yellowish brown with grayish or dark streaks. The wood is moderately soft, but strong; easy to work, saws woolly, and takes a lustrous finish; it is not durable[
453
Title
Woods of Northeastern Peru
Publication
 
Author
Williams L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Field Museum Press; Chicago.
Year
1936
ISBN
 
Description
Gives information on the properties of the wood of well over 1,000 species of woody plants from northeastern Peru. Can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. The wood is not used locally in Peru[
453
Title
Woods of Northeastern Peru
Publication
 
Author
Williams L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Field Museum Press; Chicago.
Year
1936
ISBN
 
Description
Gives information on the properties of the wood of well over 1,000 species of woody plants from northeastern Peru. Can be downloaded from the Internet.
]..

Propagation

Seed -
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