Acalypha wilkesiana Muell.-Arg.

Sub-Family: Not available
English Name: Fire Dragon Acalypha
Synonym: Acalypha wilkesiana Muell.-Arg.
Common Name: Beefsteak plant
Flowering & Fruiting Period: October - May
Distribution: Native of Polynesia, widely cultivated as an ornamental taxon
Habitat: Grown as ornamental plant
Uses: Ornamental, Leaves are traditionally used to treat throat infections, diarrhoea, dysentery and fever.
Key Characteristics: Monoecious, compact shrub; branchlets tomentose, puberulous later. Leaves alternate, elliptic to ovate, base cuneate, margin crenate-serrate, bronzy-green-mottled with shades of red and purple; petiole to 12 cm long. Staminate spikes axillary, pendulous, reddish, many-flowered. Flowers in the axils of minute bracts. Perianth 4-lobed, axillary. Stamens 8-16. Pistillate spikes erect, reddish, to 12-flowered. Flowers in the axils of foliaceous; lobes ovate-lanceolate. Ovary 3-lobed, 3-celled, with 1 ovule per cell, on axile placentae.