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  Acalypha hispida
 
  Family: EUPHORBIACEAE
  Citation:  Acalypha hispida Burm.f., Fl. Ind. 303. 1768; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 5: 417. 1887; Manilal & Sivar., Fl. Calicut 268. 1982; Babu, Fl. Malappuram Dist. 702. 1990; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 603. 1997; N.P.Balakr. & Chakrab., Fam. Euphorbiaceae India 127. 2007; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 617. 2009.
  Malayalam Name(s): Poochavalan, Vattapoonthaliyari
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Cat's tail, Chenille plant, Red-hot cat's tail, Foxtail, Red Hot Poker
  Description: Dioecious shrubs to 2-4 m tall. Stipules persistent, ovate to elliptic, c. 8 by 13 mm, midrib hairy, without capitate trichomes. Leaves alternate, 12-25 x 9-18 cm, ovate to elliptic, chartaceous; base slightly cordate to obtuse, margin serrate to deeply crenate with a gland on tooth tip, apex acute to acuminate, surface; 3 ribbed at base, lateral nerves 5-8 pairs; petiole 10-15 cm long. Inflorescences axillary, 1 per axil, spicate, straight, densely flowered, rachises usually hidden by flowers; peduncle 17-30 mm long. Pistillate flowers c. 1 mm diameter; 4-6 per node; bracts sessile, 0.5-1 by 0.5-1 mm, hairy outside, entire, apex acute. Calyx ca. 1 mm diameter, sepals (3 or) 4, ovate to elliptic, c. 0.5 by 0.3 mm, hairy outside. Ovary globose to oblate, trilocular; stigmas 3, 5-8 mm long, each divided 6-16 times, smooth. Bisexual flowers and fruits unknown.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: Throughout the year
  District(s): All Districts
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Grown as ornamental plant
  Distribution: Native of Papua New Guinea; introduced as garden plant elsewhere
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Red
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: Yes
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Altitude:
  Localities: Thumbapuram
   
 
   
 
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