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Acalypha dalzellii Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 5: 414. 1887.


Herbs or shrubs, erect, 30 - 50 cm high; branchlets subglabrous. Leaves elliptic-lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, acute, broadly cuneate or obtuse at base, shallowly crenate-dentate along margins, acute to acuminate at apex, 4 - 7 x 2 - 4 cm, membranous to coriaceous, subglabrous or finely pubescent on both sides, basally trinerved, eglandular; lateral nerves 4 - 6 pairs above basal; petioles 1.5 - 3 cm long; stipules minute, caducous. Male inflorescences not seen. Female flowers: in axillary solitary long-peduncled 1 or 2-flowered bracts; bracts foliaceous, reniform to orbicular, folded, shallowly dentate along margins, 1 - 1.5 cm across; bracteoles at the axils of peduncle, linear-lanceolate, 3 - 5 x 1 - 1.5 mm; sepals 3, ovate-lanceolate, up to 3 mm across; ovary 3-loculed, ca 2 mm across, finely pubescent or subglabrous; styles 5 - 15 mm long, plumose. Fruits not seen.

Fl. & Fr. Period not known.

Distrib. India: Moist wastelands. Maharashtra.

Endemic and very rare, not collected since the type collection by Dalzell in 1878.




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