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Zambezi False Nettle

Acalypha ornata Hochst. ex A. Rich.

Description

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Robust woody herb, shrub or even a small tree, up to 5 m tall, sometimes climbing. Young stems often hairy and purplish. Leaves elliptic-ovate to ovate, up to 16 × 10 cm, 5-7-veined from the base, thinly textured, hairless to sparingly hairy on both surfaces, often hairy on the midrib and veins below; margin toothed; petiole 2-15 cm long. Flowers unisexual in separate inflorescences, usually on the same plant, rarely on different plants. Female inflorescence a terminal spike, up to 19 cm long; flowers singly held in cup-shaped bracts with long glandular-toothed margins. Male inflorescences axillary, up to 12 cm long, densely-flowered; flowers minute, green, flushed pink or reddish.. Fruit 3 × 4 mm, 3-lobed, slightly, pubescent near the apex.
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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. and Ballings, P. (2002-2014). Acalypha ornata Hochst. ex A. Rich. Flora of Zimbabwe website. Accessed 28 August 2014 at http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=135110
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Worldwide distribution

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Widespread from Nigeria to Eritrea and south to Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. and Ballings, P. (2002-2014). Acalypha ornata Hochst. ex A. Rich. Flora of Zimbabwe website. Accessed 28 August 2014 at http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=135110
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Acalypha ornata

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Acalypha ornata is a species in the botanical family Euphorbiaceae. In Africa it is widely used as a medicinal plant. The stems are used as fibres for weaving baskets. The leaves are eaten as a vegetable; the plants are also fed to domestic animals. Acalypha ornata is sometimes planted as an ornamental plant.[1]

Geographic distribution

Acalypha ornata occurs throughout tropical Africa, except most of West Africa and humid central Africa.[2]

References

  1. ^ Schmelzer, G.H. & Gurib-Fakim, A. (Editors), 2008. Plant Resources of Tropical Africa 11(1). Medicinal plants 1. PROTA Foundation, Wageningen, Netherlands / Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, Netherlands / CTA, Wageningen, Netherlands. 791 pp.
  2. ^ African Plant Database

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Acalypha ornata: Brief Summary

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Acalypha ornata is a species in the botanical family Euphorbiaceae. In Africa it is widely used as a medicinal plant. The stems are used as fibres for weaving baskets. The leaves are eaten as a vegetable; the plants are also fed to domestic animals. Acalypha ornata is sometimes planted as an ornamental plant.

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