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  Acalypha indica
  Citation:  Acalypha indica L., Sp. Pl. 1003. 1753; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 5: 416. 1887; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1330(930). 1925; Manilal & Sivar., Fl. Calicut 269. 1982; Mohanan, Fl. Quilon Dist. 354. 1984; Antony, Syst. Stud. Fl. Kottayam Dist. 352. 1989; Babu, Fl. Malappuram Dist. 703. 1990; M. Mohanan & Henry, Fl. Thiruvanthapuram 405. 1994; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 602. 1997; Sasidh., Fl. Chinnar WLS 278. 1999; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 280. 2002; Rani & Balakr., J. Econ. Tax. Bot. 31: 95. 2007; N.P.Balakr. & Chakrab., Fam. Euphorbiaceae India 125. 2007; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 617. 2009.
  Malayalam Name(s): Kuppameni
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Indian acalypha
  Description: Annual herbs, to 60 cm tall; stem striate, pubescent. Leaves 1.2-6.5 x 1-3.8 cm, broadly ovate, base rounded to shortly attenuate, margin crenate-serrate, apex acute or obtuse, basally 5-nerved; petiole 1.5-5.5 cm long. Spikes axillary, 2.5-6.2 cm long, monoecious, rachis ending in a triradiate hood at the tip. Male flowers above, ebracteate, minute, clustered; anthers vermiculiform. Female flowers below subtended by foliaceous, 3-7 mm long, suborbicular-cuneiform, many-nerved, toothed bracts; ovary hispid, 3-lobed; styles 3, each 2-fid. Capsules 3-valved, concealed by bract, hispid.
  Habit: Herb
  Flowering & Fruiting: July-December
  District(s): Wayanad, Palakkad, Kottayam, Alappuzha, Kollam, Idukki, Malappuram, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikkode, Thrissur
  Medicinal: Yes
  Habitat: Dry deciduous forests and also in the plains
  Distribution: Indo-Malesia and Tropical Africa
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Green, White
  Weed: Yes
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Localities: Gellimala, Keerapady, Vazhikadavu, Vandanam, Alleppey town
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