Swaziland's Flora Database:
Acalypha villicaulis Hochst.
(name current 2016)
Growth form: Herb
Found within protected areas
Swaziland abundance: occasional
Swaziland distribution: widespread
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Acalypha petiolaris - Slender-stemmed, straggling or prostrate, up to 60 cm long, from a woody base. Long hairs throughout, reflexed on stems; few or no glands. Leaf-stalk c 3 cm long; blade often turned backwards at angle to stalk, heart-shaped at base, tapering to narrow tip, margins minutely toothed, up to 4 cm long x 2,5 cm wide. Sexes often on same plant. Male inflorescences relatively short, stalk c 1 cm long, spike c 1,5 cm long. Female inflorescences terminal on main stems and on lateral branches, bracts very hairy, stigmas red, feathery.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.
Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to Wild Flowers Kwazulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust, Durban.