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13. Acalypha hispida N. L. Burman, Fl. Indica. 303. 1768.

红穗铁苋菜 hong sui tie xian cai

Shrubs, 1-3 m tall. Branchlets grayish tomentulose when young. Stipules triangular, 6-10 mm, pilose; petiole 4-8 cm; leaf blade broadly ovate or ovate, 8-20 × 5-14 cm, papyraceous, base broadly cuneate, obtuse, or subcordate, margin coarsely serrate, apex acuminate or acute; basal veins 3-5. Plants dioecious. Only female flowers known. Female flowers 3-7 in each bract, fascicled, subsessile; spikes 15-30 cm, axillary, pendulous; peduncle short, pubescent; bracts scattered, ovate-rhombic, ca. 1 mm, entire; sepals (3 or)4, subovate, ca. 1 mm, acute, puberulent; ovary subglobose, densely hirtellous; styles 3, 5-7 mm, laciniate, crimson or red-purple. Fl. Feb-Nov.

Cultivated in gardens; below 100-200 m. Fujian, Guangdong, S Guangxi, Hainan, Taiwan, S Yunnan [widely cultivated; origin possibly Bismarck Archipelago].

This species is cultivated as an ornamental.


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