Acalypha amentacea Roxb. ssp. wilkesiana (Muell.-Arg.) Fosb.
Synonym : Acalypha wilkesiana Muell.-Arg. in DC.
Family : Euphorbiaceae
Local Names : Beefsteak Plant, Fire Dragon Acalypha
Flowering and fruiting period: October – May
Distribution: Native of Polynesia, widely cultivated as an ornamental
Habitat: Grown as ornamental plant
IUCN status: Data deficient
Uses: Ornamental, Leaves are traditionally used to treat throat infections, diarrhoea, dysentery and fever.
Key Characters: 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. 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.