Acalypha welwitschiana Müll. Arg.

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Acalypha welwitschiana

Picture: Bart Wursten
Path to Namuli Peak, Mt Namuli, Mozambique

Acalypha welwitschiana

Picture: Bart Wursten
Path to Namuli Peak, Mt Namuli, Mozambique

Acalypha welwitschiana

Picture: Bart Wursten
Path to Namuli Peak, Mt Namuli, Mozambique

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Synonyms: Acalypha angolensis Müll. Arg.
Ricinocarpus angolensis (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze
Ricinocarpus welwitschianus (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze
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Status: Native
A bushy perennial, up to 2m, sometimes a suffrutex with annual stems. Leaves ovate-elliptic to lanceolate, up to 13 × 7.5 cm, 3-5-veined from the base, somewhat hairy on both surfaces; margin crenate-dentate; petiole 0.5-5 cm long, often with glands near the apex. Male and female flowers normally on the same plant, male spikes up to 9 cm long, axillary, pinkish; female inflorescences often both terminal and axillary, cylindric to ovoid, greenish with long reddish styles and green wedge-shaped bracts.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Burundi, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Lp,C
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 431. (Includes a picture).

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Page 191.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 84.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Acalypha welwitschiana., retrieved 24 July 2024

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