Asian Copperleaf
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Asian Copperleaf
A Native Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Asian Copperleaf
Botanical name: Acalypha australis    Family: Euphorbiaceae (Castor family)
Synonyms: Acalypha minima, Acalypha pauciflora, Acalypha gemina

Asian Copperleaf is an annual herb, growing up to 20-50 cm tall. Its leaves are blong-ovate, rhombic-ovate, to broad-lanceshaped, 3-9 cm long, 1-5 cm wide and borne on leaf-stalks 2-6 cm long. Flowers are borne in panicles in leaf-axils, or at branch-ends, forming inflorescences 1.5-5.0 cm long. There are 1-3 female flowers and 5-7 male flowers per bract; the female flowers have three sepals, whereas the male flowers have four. Asian Copperleaf is native to Eastern Himalayas, China, Japan, Korea, Laos, Manchuria, Nansei-shoto, Philippines, Primorye, Taiwan, Vietnam, in grasslands, slopes, cultivated areas, at altitudes of 100-1900 m. It is widely cultivated, and also naturalized.

Identification credit: Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in Bajaura, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh.

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