Acalypha adenotricha A.Rich.
Acalypha grantii Baker & Hutch.
Acalypha livingstoniana Müll.Arg.
Acalypha moggii Compton
Acalypha nigritiana Müll.Arg.
Acalypha swynnertonii S.Moore
Ricinocarpus adenotrichus (A.Rich.) Kuntze
Ricinocarpus livingstonianus (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze
Ricinocarpus nigritianus (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze
Ricinocarpus ornatus (Hochst. ex A.Rich.) Kuntze
Acalypha ornata varies in habit from a large, much-branched woody herb to a lax shrub, a prolific climbing plant or a small tree growing up to 5 metres tall[
The plant is gathered from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of material for basketry. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental[
Acalypha ornata 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)[
Tropical Africa - Nigeria to Eritrea and Ethiopia, south through eastern Africa to Angola, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, Botswana, Swaziland.
A small plant of forest undergrowth and edges, wooded grassland, deciduous woodland and thicket, often riverine or in rocky places, secondary regrowth and disturbed land, from sea level to 2,000 metres[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
|Other Uses Rating||
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Leaves - cooked[
]. They can be combined with pounded groundnuts or coconut milk, onions and tomatoes to improve the taste[
]. They are eaten with ugali or rice[
The plant is used to treat leprosy[
]. The roots are boiled and the liquid drunk twice a day and some of the liquid is used for a steam bath[
The liquid of boiled roots can also be drunk to relieve menstrual pain[
]. A decoction of the roots is used as a laxative[
The cooked leaf is taken to relieve post-partum pains[
The leaves are compounded with the leaves of other drug-plants into a draught for children with rabies[
Water in which the leaves have been soaked is used as a wash on children with scabies[
The powdered leaf, together with the powdered flower-stem of Psorospermum febrifugum ferrugineum, is used as a healing application to circumcision wounds[
]. A leaf-decoction is used in a hip-bath for treating piles[
The stems are woven into baskets and fish-traps[
The leaves are covered by soft sticky hairs and the bracts similarly covered together forming a cup perhaps act as insect-traps[
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