Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Acalypha eremorum Mull.Arg.
Mueller Argoviensis, J. von (1864) Flora oder Allgemeine Botanische Zeitung 47: 440. Type: Queensland, Burdekin River, F. Mueller?; lecto: MEL 707681. Fide Forster (1994).
Native Acalypha; Acalypha
Usually flowers and fruits as a shrub about 1-2 m tall.
Leaf bearing twigs marked by pale longitudinally elongated lenticels. Most leaves borne on minute, lateral, burr-like, short shoots. Leaf blades small, about 17-30 x 6-8 mm, margins deeply crenate, petiole about 1-2 mm long. Lateral veins forming distinct loops inside the blade margin. Stipules linear, to 2.1 mm long.
Males flowers: Flowers in spikes about 20-40 mm long. Flowers about 0.5-0.9 mm diam. aggregated in clusters along the spike. Petals absent. Anther filaments flattened, about 0.3 mm long. Anthers pale, bilobed, anther sacs divaricate. Female flowers: Flowers sessile and solitary. Style divided into three branches each about 3-5 mm long, each style branch divided into two stigmatic branches. Ovary clothed in straight needle-like hairs.
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Endemic to Queensland, occurs in CYP, NEQ, CEQ and southwards as far south as south-eastern Queensland. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 600 m. Grows in open forest but more commonly found in monsoon forest and vine thickets.