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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & S. Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

Euphorbiaceae, A. R.-Smith. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1987

Morphology General Habit
A perennial herb or subshrub up to 1(–2) m. tall, with a few erect, ascending or decumbent stems arising from a woody rootstock.
Morphology Stem
Stems at the same time both crisped-puberulous and sparingly to densely patent-hirsute.
Morphology Leaves
Petioles (0.3–)1–3(–5) cm. long, hairy like the stems, usually with a pair of filiform glands 1 mm. long at the junction with the blade; leaf-blade sometimes ovate, more often ovate-lanceolate to lanceolate or even linear-lanceolate, (2–)5–12.5(–14) cm. long, (0.5–)1–4 cm. wide, attenuate or subacutely to obtusely acuminate, usually cordate, sometimes rounded or truncate, serrate or crenate-serrate, often rather coarsely so, firmly membranous, (5–)7(–9)-nerved at the base, lateral nerves 5–8 pairs, sparingly to evenly, rarely densely, pubescent or hirsute above and beneath, more particularly on the midrib and main veins.
Morphology Leaves Stipules
Stipules subulate-filiform, 1.5–4(–6) mm. long, with a few subsessile glands on the margin, sparingly pilose.
sex Male
Male flowers:pedicels ± 1 mm. long; buds 4-lobate, subglobose, sparingly pubescent. Male racemes solitary, axillary, up to 11 cm. long, densely flowered, pedunculate or not, sometimes the peduncle up to half the length of the inflorescence; axis crisped-puberulous; bracts linear, 1.5 mm. long, acute, pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Female inflorescences spicate, usually solitary, terminal, capitate, subcylindric or cylindric, up to 3 cm. long and 1.5 cm. wide when mature, subsessile or shortly pedunculate; bracts transversely ovate to suborbicular, accrescent, 5 mm. long and 1 cm. wide when fully developed, dentate, sparingly pubescent and fairly densely beset with stipitate glands without, and within on the teeth, 1-flowered. Male racemes solitary, axillary, up to 11 cm. long, densely flowered, pedunculate or not, sometimes the peduncle up to half the length of the inflorescence; axis crisped-puberulous; bracts linear, 1.5 mm. long, acute, pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flowers sessile; sepals 3(–4), ovate-lanceolate, 1 mm. long, acute, ciliate, pubescent without, glabrous within; ovary trilobate-subglobose, 0.8 mm. diameter, pubescent in the upper half; styles free, up to 1.6 cm. long, pectinate, red. Male flowers:pedicels ± 1 mm. long; buds 4-lobate, subglobose, sparingly pubescent.
sex Female
Female flowers sessile; sepals 3(–4), ovate-lanceolate, 1 mm. long, acute, ciliate, pubescent without, glabrous within; ovary trilobate-subglobose, 0.8 mm. diameter, pubescent in the upper half; styles free, up to 1.6 cm. long, pectinate, red. Female inflorescences spicate, usually solitary, terminal, capitate, subcylindric or cylindric, up to 3 cm. long and 1.5 cm. wide when mature, subsessile or shortly pedunculate; bracts transversely ovate to suborbicular, accrescent, 5 mm. long and 1 cm. wide when fully developed, dentate, sparingly pubescent and fairly densely beset with stipitate glands without, and within on the teeth, 1-flowered.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruits trilobate, 4 mm. long, 5 mm. diameter, sparingly pubescent and with a few scattered glandular hairs at the apex, glabrous below.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds ovoid-subglobose, 2.5 mm. long, 2 mm. wide, smooth, dark grey, with a depressed-hemispherical caruncle ± 1 mm. across.
Habitat
Wooded and open grassland, extending marginally into woodland and forest edges, persisting in cultivated ground; 50–2000 m.
Distribution
K3 K4 K5 K6 T1 T2 T3 T4 T5 T6 T7 T8 U1 U2 from Senegal eastwards to Ethiopia and south to Namibia, Botswana, South Africa (Transvaal) and Swaziland

[FWTA]

Euphorbiaceae, Hutchinson and Dalziel. Flora of West Tropical Africa 1:2. 1958

Morphology General Habit
A hairy herb, 2–3 ft. or more high, woody at the base
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Red-purple female flowers.
sex Female
Red-purple female flowers.

[FWTA]

Euphorbiaceae, Hutchinson and Dalziel. Flora of West Tropical Africa 1:2. 1958

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb; stems to 16 in. high.

Native to:

Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Central African Repu, Chad, Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

English
Hairy stemmed acalypha

Acalypha villicaulis Hochst. ex A.Rich. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1949 Semsei, S.R. [FH2480], Tanzania K000452708
Dawkins, H.C. [453], Uganda 4326.000
Schimper [781], Ethiopia K000431035 Unknown type material
Schimper [781], Ethiopia K000431034 Unknown type material
Quartin-Dillon [90], Ethiopia K000431031
Kirk, J. [s.n.], Mozambique K000431090 Unknown type material
Harris, T. [31], Mozambique K000545033
Richards, M. [28627], Tanzania K000452726
Richards, M. [29011], Tanzania K000452727
Tanner, R.E.S. [5379], Tanzania K000452673
Smith, F.G.S. [1148], Tanzania K000452703
Tanner, R.E.S. [5189], Tanzania K000452674
Tanner, R.E.S. [1118], Tanzania K000452682
Richards, H.M. [24795], Tanzania K000452686
Polhill, R.M. [2360], Tanzania K000452687
Haarer, A.E. [531], Tanzania K000452689
Magogo [356], Tanzania K000452693
Newbould, J.B. [2418], Tanzania K000452719
Newbould, J.B. [4215], Tanzania K000452721
Koritschoner, H. [842], Tanzania K000452700
Thomas, L. [3], Tanzania K000452705
Harley, R.M. [9272], Tanzania K000452722
Richards, H.M. [11747], Tanzania K000452723
Ruffo, C.K. [3216], Tanzania K000452748
Milne-Redhead, E. [7744], Tanzania K000452749
Burtt, B.D. [1044], Tanzania K000452731
Greenway, P.J. [15340], Tanzania K000452732
Mwasumbi, L.B. [DSM505], Tanzania K000452733
Bruce, E.M. [311], Tanzania K000452735
Lovett, J. [3785], Tanzania K000452736
Lovett, J. [3289A], Tanzania K000452737
Greenway, P.J. [14289], Tanzania K000452741
Luke, W.R.Q. [5587], Tanzania K000452743
Thulin, M. [922], Tanzania K000452740
Burtt, B.D. [1707], Tanzania K000452688
Milne-Redhead, E. [7078], Tanzania K000452697
Bullock, A.A. [2288], Tanzania K000452706
Gereau, R.E. [3057], Tanzania K000452744
Pirozynski, K.A. [P29], Tanzania K000452725
Richards, H.M. [26149], Tanzania K000452716
Lovett, J. [3580], Tanzania K000452738
Mbago, F. [1048], Tanzania K000452701
Schimper [737], Ethiopia K000431032 Unknown type material
Gillman, H. [484], Tanzania K000452684
Chevalier, A. [5495], Central African Republic K000431044
Schimper [737], Ethiopia K000431033 Unknown type material
Tanner, R.E.S. [4849], Tanzania K000452676
Tanner, R.E.S. [4512], Tanzania K000452678
Kisena [1384], Tanzania K000452711
Archbold, M.E. [3104], Tanzania K000452691
Clutton-Brock, T.H. [482], Tanzania K000452713
Tanner, R.E.S. [5261], Tanzania K000452675
Tanner, R.E.S. [4182], Tanzania K000452679
Hasegawa, T.O.M. [57], Tanzania K000452712
Richards, H.M. [11153], Tanzania K000452720
Llyod, H.M. [24], Tanzania K000452710
Sanane, M. [203], Tanzania K000452714
Faulkner [1395], Tanzania K000452698
Lovett, J. [1066], Tanzania K000452685
Lovett, J. [3941], Tanzania K000452746
Thomas, L. [94], Tanzania K000452707
Pirozynski, K.A. [P654], Tanzania K000452715
Tanner, R.E.S. [1155], Tanzania K000452681
Milne-Redhead, E. [7496], Tanzania K000452750
Koritschoner, H. [1880A], Tanzania K000452683
Bidgood, S.C. [1815], Tanzania K000452747
Tanner, R.E.S. [1499], Tanzania K000452680
Bally, P.R.O. [5804], Tanzania K000452699
Faulkner [4679], Tanzania K000452694
Hornby [2054], Tanzania K000452730
Newbould, J.B. [2417], Tanzania K000452718
Archbold, M.E. [2827], Tanzania K000452692
Bjornstad, A. [AB1216], Tanzania K000452739
Mwasumbi, L.B. [16577], Tanzania K000452745
Tanner, R.E.S. [3088], Tanzania K000452695
Richards, M. [28695], Tanzania K000452728
Tanner, R.E.S. [4648], Tanzania K000452677
Boaler, S.B. [482], Tanzania K000452724
Mahinde, S. [HCM56], Tanzania K000452702
Tanner, R.E.S. [5613B], Tanzania K000452672
Newbould, J.B. [2383], Tanzania K000452717
Richards, M. [18672], Tanzania K000452742
Iversen, S.T. [87128], Tanzania K000452690
Tanner, R.E.S. [2758], Tanzania K000452696
Polhill, R.M. [1116], Tanzania K000452729
Haerdi, F. [412O], Tanzania K000452734
Welch, J.R. [55], Tanzania K000452704
Drège, C. [s.n.], South Africa Acalypha petiolaris K000431109
Krauss [367], South Africa Acalypha petiolaris K000431110 Unknown type material
Drège, C. [s.n.], South Africa Acalypha petiolaris K000431111
Krauss [319], South Africa Acalypha petiolaris K000431112

First published in Tent. Fl. Abyss. 2: 248 (1850)

Accepted by

  • Akoègninou, A., van der Burg, W.J. & van der Maesen, L.J.G. (eds.) (2006). Flore Analytique du Bénin: 1-1034. Backhuys Publishers.
  • Calane da Silva, M., Izdine, S. & Amuse, A.B. (2004). A Preliminary Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Mozambique: 1-184. SABONET, Pretoria.

Not accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 1-529. MIM, Deurne. [Cited as Acalypha brachiata.]
  • Govaerts, R., Frodin, D.G. & Radcliffe-Smith, A. (2000). World Checklist and Bibliography of Euphorbiaceae (and Pandaceae) 1-4: 1-1622. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. [Cited as Acalypha brachiata.]

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Akoègninou, A., van der Burg, W.J. & van der Maesen, L.J.G. (eds.) (2006). Flore Analytique du Bénin: 1-1034. Backhuys Publishers.
  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Lebrun, J.-P., Audru, J., Gaston, A. & Mosnier, M. (1972). Catalogue des Plantes Vasculaires du Tchad Méridional: 1-289. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • A. Engler & O. Drude, Die Vegetation Der Erde, IX, Pflanzenwelt Afrikas 3(2): 97 (1921).
  • A. Rich., Tent. Fl. Abyss. 2: 248 (1851).
  • A.D.Q. Agnew, Upland Kenya Wild Flowers p. 216 (1974).
  • F. W. Andr., The Flowering Plants of the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan 2: 50 (1952).
  • Hutch. in Flora of Tropical Africa 6(1): 893 (1912).
  • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 197 (1949).
  • Muell. Arg. in DC., Prodr. 15(2): 845 (1866).
  • Pax in A. Engler, Das Pflanzenreich IV. 147 (16): 80 (1924).
  • Pax in Die Pflanzenwelt Ost-Afrikas und der Nachbargebiete, Theile C: 239 (1895).
  • Troupin, Fl. Rwanda 2: 200, t. 56/1 (1983).

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