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|Scientific Name||Acalypha indica L.|
Flowering class: Dicot
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.
Flowering and fruiting: July-December
In axillary spikes, male flowers above middle, female flowers below the middle; greenish. Flowering throughout the year.
A capsule, bivalved, hardly enlarged; seeds subglobose. Fruiting throughout the year.
Leaves often greenish with yellow blotches, long petiolate.
Notes: Plains to Low Altitude, Exposed Localities
Common, on wastelands, in moist and shaded places, riverbanks. Plains from the coast to 100m. Tropical Africa eastward to Sri Lanka, India, Burma, Timor, Philippines.
Dry deciduous forests and also in the plains
Found along the roadsides, waste lands and forest edges from plains to 750m. Common. Tropical Africa, Sri Lanka, India to Malesia and Timor.
Maharashtra: Common throughout
Karnataka: Chikmagalur, Dharwar, Mysore, N. Kanara
Kerala: Alapuzha, Idukki, Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Malapuram, Palakkad, Thiruvananthapuram
Tamil Nadu: All districts
Indo-Malesia and Tropical Africa
State - Kerala, District/s: Wayanad, Palakkad, Kottayam, Alappuzha, Kollam, Idukki, Malappuram, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikkode, Thrissur
The leaf paste is given as a cure for asthma and brochitis.