1. Family: Euphorbiaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Acalypha L.
      1. Acalypha allenii Hutch.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical Africa to Botswana.

    [FZ]

    Euphorbiaceae, A. Radcliffe-Smith. Flora Zambesiaca 9:4. 1996

    Male
    Male flowers: pedicels 1 mm long, slender; buds tetragonal-subglobose, subglabrous, greenish, sometimes reddish-tinged; anthers yellowish-cream. Male racemes axillary, solitary, up to 18 cm long on a peduncle up to 5 cm long, dense flowered; axis glandular-pubescent; bracts 3 mm long, linear, glandular-pubescent.
    Inflorescences
    Female spike terminal, rarely also 1–2 spikes axillary in the upper axils, up to 10 cm long with a peduncle 3–5 cm long; bracts accrescent to 1.3 × 2 cm, transversely ovate, acuminate, repand-dentate, densely stipitate-glandular on the margin, evenly so without, glabrous within, viscid, yellowish-green, 1-flowered. Male racemes axillary, solitary, up to 18 cm long on a peduncle up to 5 cm long, dense flowered; axis glandular-pubescent; bracts 3 mm long, linear, glandular-pubescent.
    Flowers
    Female flowers sessile; sepals 3, 1 mm long, ovate, glandular-ciliate; ovary 1 mm in diameter, 3-lobed, pubescent towards the apex and also with 1–2 stipitate glands; styles 2–4 mm long, ± free or united at the base, laciniate, glabrous or sparingly pubescent, green, yellow or red. Male flowers: pedicels 1 mm long, slender; buds tetragonal-subglobose, subglabrous, greenish, sometimes reddish-tinged; anthers yellowish-cream.
    Female
    Female flowers sessile; sepals 3, 1 mm long, ovate, glandular-ciliate; ovary 1 mm in diameter, 3-lobed, pubescent towards the apex and also with 1–2 stipitate glands; styles 2–4 mm long, ± free or united at the base, laciniate, glabrous or sparingly pubescent, green, yellow or red. Female spike terminal, rarely also 1–2 spikes axillary in the upper axils, up to 10 cm long with a peduncle 3–5 cm long; bracts accrescent to 1.3 × 2 cm, transversely ovate, acuminate, repand-dentate, densely stipitate-glandular on the margin, evenly so without, glabrous within, viscid, yellowish-green, 1-flowered.
    Fruits
    Fruits 3 × 4 mm, deeply 3-lobed, sparingly pubescent, dark green, sordid.
    Seeds
    Seeds 2.5 × 2 mm, subglobose, smooth, dark grey or pale straw-coloured, ecarunculate.
    Habit
    A perennial caespitose herb or suffrutex 15–50(90) cm tall; stems annual from a rhizomatous woody rootstock, several, erect, sometimes decumbent or semiprostrate, simple or occasionally few-branched, channelled, viscid glandular-pubescent, burned back each year.
    Petiole
    Petioles 1–3 cm long.
    Leaf lamina
    Leaf blades 2–13.5 × 1–5(7) cm, ovate-rhombic, ovate-lanceolate or oblong-lanceolate, subacute or obtuse and sometimes mucronulate at the apex, serrate to subentire on the margins, rounded to truncate or cordulate at the base, chartaceous, sparingly to evenly hirsute or pubescent on both surfaces, especially along the midrib and main veins, sometimes also sparingly glandular-pubescent on upper surface, 5–9-nerved from the base; tertiary nerves parallel; lateral nerves in 6–9(13) pairs.
    Stipules
    Stipules 5–8 mm long, linear-subulate, glandular-pubescent.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe

    Acalypha allenii Hutch. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Allen, C.E.F. [238], Zimbabwe K000431085

    First published in Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1911: 229 (1911)

    Accepted by

    • Calane da Silva, M., Izdine, S. & Amuse, A.B. (2004). A Preliminary Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Mozambique: 1-184. SABONET, Pretoria.
    • Govaerts, R., Frodin, D.G. & Radcliffe-Smith, A. (2000). World Checklist and Bibliography of Euphorbiaceae (and Pandaceae) 1-4: 1-1622. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 1-529. MIM, Deurne.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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