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Acalypha hispida  Burm. f.

   

Botanical Name

:

Acalypha hispida Burm. f.

English Name

:

Red hot cat-tail, Chenille plant

Synonym(s)

:

Acalypha densiflora Blume

Family

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Euphorbiaceae

 

General Info

Description

A shrub growing up to 3 m tall. Stems are heavily foliated with 6 to 8 inch long, ovate, medium-green leaves. Leaves are ovate, 9—20 cm x 7—15 cm, base broadly cuneate, apex narrowly acute or obtuse, margin serrate, petiole 1—5(—10) cm long. Flowers are attractive and droop in cattail-like, pendent clusters up to 18 inches in length; are showy, red, and borne by female plants.

Herb Effects

As an emollient, laxative and diuretic (decoction of leaves and flowers); expectorant (bark)

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PROSEA (Plant Resources of South-East Asia) Foundation

Chemistry

Pharmacology

Medicinal Use

As a remedy for haemoptysis (roots and flowers); to treat thrush (leaves); externally to wounds and ulcers and internally for gonorrhea (decoction of leaves and flowers); in asthma (bark).

Reference

Adesina, S.K, Idowu, O., Ogundaini, A.O, Oladimeji. H, Olugbade. T.A., Onawunmi G.O., Pais. M., 2000, Antimicrobial constituents of the leaves of Acalypha wilkesiana and Aacalypha hispida, Phytother Res., 14(8):661.

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