Acalypha segetalis Müll. Arg.

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Acalypha segetalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Between Horseshoe Falls and Danger point, Victoria Falls.

Acalypha segetalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Between Horseshoe Falls and Danger point, Victoria Falls.

Acalypha segetalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Between Horseshoe Falls and Danger point, Victoria Falls.

Acalypha segetalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Between Horseshoe Falls and Danger point, Victoria Falls.

Acalypha segetalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Between Horseshoe Falls and Danger point, Victoria Falls.

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Synonyms: Acalypha gemina (Lour.) Spreng. var. brevibracteata Müll.Arg.
Acalypha gemina (Lour.) Spreng. var. exserta (Müll.Arg.) Müll.Arg.
Acalypha sessilis Poir. var. brevibracteata Müll.Arg.
Acalypha sessilis Poir. var. exserta Müll.Arg.
Acalypha sessilis sensu De Wild. & Durand non Poir.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Annual herb up to c. 50 cm high, branching from the base. Leaves ovate, 2-7 cm long, margin serrate. Inflorescences with both male and female flowers, usually less than 2.5 cm long. Female bracts per inflorescence 1-3; bracts crenate; the few-flowered male portion pedunculate with flowers often reddish.
Notes: This species is part of a closely related group, including A. crenata and A. indica.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In alluvium and black clay soils on floodplains, in pans and moist grassy areas, on rocky outcrops, inmiombo and mopane woodland, often as a weed of cultivation and disturbed ground.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1500 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, Namibia and Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Monday 8 February 2016
Literature:

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 2.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 54.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 40.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 47.

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Page 207.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 55.

Wild, H. (undated, c. 1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds ?Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 45. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Acalypha segetalis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=135150, retrieved 25 November 2017

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