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Acalypha phleoides (Shrubby copperleaf)
Marcus, Joseph A.

Acalypha phleoides

Acalypha phleoides Cav.

Shrubby Copperleaf, Three-seeded Mercury

Euphorbiaceae (Spurge Family)

Synonym(s): Acalypha lindheimeri, Acalypha lindheimeri var. major

USDA Symbol: ACPH3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


From the Image Gallery

19 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Shape: Ovate
Leaf Margin: Denticulate
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 20 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul



Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Brackenridge Field Laboratory - Austin, TX
Nueces River Authority - Uvalde, TX
Jacob's Well Natural Area - Wimberley, TX

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0136 Collected Sept. 18,1991 in Bexar County by Lottie Millsaps
NPSOT 0264 Collected Aug. 23, 1992 in Comal County by Mary Beth White
NPSOT 0458 Collected Jun 16, 1987 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
NPSOT 0427 Collected Apr 5, 1993 in Bexar County by Mike Fox

4 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-185 Collected 2007-11-04 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank

Web Reference

Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Acalypha phleoides in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Acalypha phleoides in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Acalypha phleoides


Record Modified: 2022-09-22
Research By: TWC Staff

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