Acalypha Australis – L.

Botanical Name:Acalypha Australis – L.
Family : Euphorbiaceae
Genus : Acalypha
Synonyms :  Acalypha chinensis – L., Acalypha pauciflora – Hornem.,Acalypha virgata – Thunb. non L
Habitat: E. AsiaChina, Japan. Waste places and cultivated fields in lowland areas all over Japan. Disturbed habitats such as cultivated fields, roadsides and riverbanks.

Description:
Annual  Herb growing to  10–50 cm high. Leaves with lamina ovate, 2–4 cm long, 5–15 mm wide, margins toothed, sparsely pubescent; petiole at least as long as the lamina. Male inflorescences 1–2 cm long. Female flowers 1 or 2, concealed within bract c. 10–15 mm diam., peduncle c. 10 mm long. Fruit c. 3 mm diam.

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It is hardy to zone 0. It is in flower from July to November. The flowers are monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant)

Cultivation:
The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It requires moist soil.

Medicinal Action & Uses:-
Depurative; Febrifuge; Vulnerary.

Febrifuge, detoxifies, vulnerary

Disclaimer:The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Resources:
http://www.pfaf.org/database/plants.php?Acalypha+australis
http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/NSWfl.pl?page=nswfl&lvl=sp&name=Acalypha~australis
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Acalypha_australis

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