Three-seeded Mercury

Acalypha sp.

a herbaceous Acalypha, photo © by Michael Plagens

At the top of the plant is a panicle of female flowers and developing seeds. Wundanyi, Taita Hills, Kenya. May 2017.

LEAVES: Alternate on stems. Margins crenulate. Sparse, but long spidery hairs. Stipules small.

HERBACEOUS: Mostly herbaceous, apparently without woody portions. Height was about 80 cm tall

FLOWERS: The long spike is lined with numerous, very small white flowers and are all males. The female flowers are set in a terminal panicle. The slender male spike is about 1.5 cm long.

RANGE: One of many species of Acalypha found in nearly all habitats in Kenya.

FRUIT: Three-parted capsules.


Euphorbiaceae -- Spurge Family

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 19 Sept. 2017.