Acalypha wilkesiana

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  • Botanical Name : Acalypha wilkesiana Muell. Arg.
  • Synonyms : Acalypha tricolor Seem.
  • Common Name : Copperleaf, Jacob's Coat, Fire-Dragon
  • Plant Family : Euphorbiaceae
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 27, 28
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation, Indroda Park, Ayurvedic Udyan, Van Chetana Kendra

About Acalypha wilkesiana Plant :

  • Habit : Evergreen herb.
  • Stem : Erect with many branches having fine hairs.
  • Leaves : Large, broad, multi - coloured and variegated. The coppery green leaves with red or yellow splashes give them mottled appearance.
  • Inflorescence : Axillary Spikes
  • Flowers :
    • Male and female flowers are borne separately on the same plant.
    • Male spikes are up to 12 cm long with minute bracts and many flowers.
    • Male flowers reddish, sessile like having yellowish anthers.
    • Female flowers dark reddish to tomentose, sessile. Styles are red and united at the base.
  • Fruits : Trilobed and pubescent.
  • Significance :
    • It is generally valued for its ornamental foliage because it is as colourful as flowers.
    • It is also known to treat fungal skin diseases.