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Acalypha wilkesiana  Mull. Arg.


Botanical Name


Acalypha wilkesiana Mull. Arg.

English Name


Jacob's coat, Copper leaf, Copper plant



Acalypha godseffiana Masters





General Info


An erect or spreading, evergreen, monoecious shrub, up to 2(—6) m tall. Leaves are ovate, (4—)7—25 cm x (2—)5—15 cm, base cordate, cuneate or obtuse, apex acute to short acuminate, margin crenate, often variegated, or twisted and distorted, petiole 1.5—12 cm long. Inflorescence axillary and single, usually unisexual; male inflorescence racemose, up to 14 cm long, densely flowered with glomerules along the axis; female inflorescence spicate, 10—14 cm long, one to several flowered, bracts deeply lobed. Fruits are depressed globose, 2.5 mm x 3 mm.

Herb Effects

As rubefacient (leaves)


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Medicinal Use

To soothe throat infections such as laryngitis and to treat diarrhoea and dysentery (leaf juice); for diarrhea, to regulate menstruation and externally applied to induce perspiration (leaves); to massage people suffering from fever (boiled leaves); externally applied to relieve fever, rheumatic pains, inflammations and swellings (heated leaves); drunk as a treatment for pleurisy (infusion of leaves and bark); to treat gastritis and lymphoid swellings (decoction of the leaves).



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