Acalypha phleoides [Euphorbiaceae]


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Scientific Name Acalypha phleoides (Acalypha lindheimeri) USDA PLANTS Symbol ACPH3
Common Name Shrubby Copperleaf ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 564985
Family Euphorbiaceae (Spurge) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Dry, sandy soils; images below taken along a roadside near Austin.
Plant: Erect perennial 10 to 20 inches tall.
Leaves: Elliptic or obovate leaves, the lower-most almost round; 1 to 2-1/2 inches long; pointed tips and toothed edges.
Inflorescence: Dense terminal spikes 1 to 4 inches long; female flowers below with long red styles; reddish-brown male flowers above; reddish appearance from female styles and bracts of male flowers.
Bloom Period: June to October.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason and SEINet
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