Acalypha chamaedrifolia

(Lamarck) Müller Arg. in A. P. de Candolle and A. L. P. P. de Candolle

Prodr. 15(2): 879. 1866

Common names: Everglades or bastard copperleaf
Basionyms: Croton chamaedryfolius Lamarck in J. Lamarck et al.
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 12. Treatment on page 166. Mentioned on page 164.
Herbs, perennial, 1–2.5 dm, monoecious. Stems prostrate to ascending, pubescent. Leaves: petiole 0.1–0.5 cm; blade ovate to orbiculate, 0.3–2.1 × 0.3–1.2 cm, base cordate or rounded, margins serrate-crenate, apex obtuse or acute. Inflorescences bisexual, terminal; peduncle 0.2–1 cm, pistillate portion 1.5–3 × 1–1.5 cm, staminate portion 0.8–2.5 cm; allomorphic pistillate flowers absent. Pistillate bracts crowded (inflorescence axis not or sparingly visible between bracts), 4–6 × 7–10 mm, abaxial surface pubescent and sessile-glandular; lobes (7–)10–13, deltate to triangular, 1/5 bract length. Pistillate flowers: pistil 3-carpellate; styles multifid or laciniate. Capsules smooth, pubescent. Seeds 1.2–1.4 mm, minutely pitted.

Phenology: Flowering and fruiting year-round, mainly spring–fall.
Habitat: Rocky pine woods, disturbed areas.
Elevation: 0–10 m.


In the flora area, Acalypa chamaedrifolia is native to Miami-Dade and Monroe counties but has been sparingly, and apparently accidentally, introduced farther north.



Lower Taxa

No lower taxa listed.