Acalypha evrardii Gagnep.
Acalypha sphenophylla Pax & K.Hoffm.
Photograph by: Hungda
Acalypha siamensis is a shrub or small scrambling tree growing up to 4 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a tea and a medicine. It is cultivated as a substitute tea plant and is also grown as a hedge in Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia and Indonesia[
Southeast Asia - southern China (Hainan), Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia (Sumatera).
Locally common in dry, evergreen or mixed forest or scrub vegetation, often on sandy soils, sometimes on limestone; at elevations up to about 400 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
The potential use of this species as a raw material in the herbal and pharmaceutical industry is worth exploring[
A hot infusion of the dried leaves is drunk as a tea by the Thais and Malays[
The leaves are used in traditional medicine to treat fever, bowel complaints and kidney diseases; they are said to have antipyretic properties[
The plant is often cultivated as a hedge plant[
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