Taxon: Acalypha indica L.

Genus: Acalypha
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Subfamily: Acalyphoideae
Tribe: Acalypheae
Subtribe: Acalyphinae
Nomen number: 400002
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 2:1003. 1753
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 15-May-1995 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 28-Jan-2002
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Medicines: folklore (fide CRC MedHerbs ed2; Herbs Commerce ed2)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide F LAnt)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Kenya ; Tanzania ; Uganda
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Ethiopia ; Somalia
    • South Tropical Africa: Angola ; Malawi ; Mozambique ; Zambia ; Zimbabwe
    • Southern Africa: Botswana ; Namibia ; South Africa Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West; Swaziland
    • West Tropical Africa: Benin ; Burkina Faso ; Gambia ; Ghana ; Guinea ; Guinea-Bissau ; Liberia ; Mauritania ; Niger ; Senegal ; Sierra Leone ; Togo
    • West-Central Tropical Africa: Zaire
    • Western Indian Ocean: Madagascar ; Mauritius ; Reunion
  • Asia-Temperate

    • Eastern Asia: Taiwan
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: India Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka; Pakistan ; Sri Lanka
    • Indo-China: India Andaman and Nicobar; Myanmar ; Thailand
    • Malesia: Indonesia ; Malaysia ; Philippines
    • Papuasia: Papua New Guinea

  • Naturalized


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  • Airy Shaw, H. K. 1980. The Euphorbiaceae of New Guinea Kew Bull. add. ser., 8:18.
  • Airy Shaw, H. K. 1982. The Euphorbiaceae of Central Malesia (Celebes, Moluccas, Lesser Sunda Is.) Kew Bull. 37:3.
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  • Duke, J. A. CRC Handbook of medicinal herbs. 1985 (CRC MedHerbs)
  • Duke, J. A. et al. CRC Handbook of medicinal herbs. 2002 (CRC MedHerbs ed2)
  • Erhardt, W. et al. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 17. Auflage. 2002 (Zander ed17)
  • Germishuizen, G. & N. L. Meyer, eds. Plants of southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14. 2003 (Pl SAfr ed2)
  • Govaerts, R. et al. World checklist and bibliography of Euphorbiaceae. 2000 (L Euphorb)
  • Groth, D. 2005. pers. comm. (pers. comm.)
  • Howard, R. Flora of the lesser Antilles. (F LAnt)
  • McGuffin, M., J. T. Kartesz, A. Y. Leung, & A. O. Tucker Herbs of commerce, ed. 2. 2000 (Herbs Commerce ed2)
  • Rehm, S. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants. 1994 (Dict Rehm)
  • Sagun, V. G. 2010. Revision and phylogeny of Acalypha (Euphorbiaceae) in Malesia (Blumea) 55:45-46.
  • Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. Flora of tropical East Africa. (F TE Afr)

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