Acalypha virginica L. - Three-Seeded Mercury

Acalypha virginica plant

Family - Euphorbiaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Acalypha virginica inflorescence

Acalypha virginica bractsBracts subtending the inflorescences.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Acalypha virginica flowersStaminate flowers.

Flowering - July - October.

Habitat - Prairies, dry open woods, open valleys, moist or dry woodland, gravel bars, fallow fields, thickets, roadsides, railroads.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This species can be found throughout Missouri and is quite common. It can be identified by the hairs on the stem (which are appressed AND spreading), the leaf petioles (which are 1/2 as long as the leaf blades and longer than the inflorescence bracts), and the inflorescence bracts (which have many teeth). The leaf blades of this species vary from 8-40mm broad.
All of the species of Acalypha are considered weedy but are neat plants up-close.

Photographs taken in Brown Summit, NC., 7-15-02.


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