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Acalypha californica

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Kingdom  Plantae
Family  Euphorbiaceae
Tribe  Acalypheae
Scientific name  Acalypha californica
Rank  Species
Order  Malpighiales
Subfamily  Acalyphoideae
Genus  Acalypha
Higher classification  Acalypha
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Similar  Acalypha, Euphorbiaceae, Acalypha ostryifolia, Acalypha eremorum, Acalypha rhomboidea

The flowering shrub Acalypha californica is known as the California copperleaf, and sometimes by the older name Pringle three-seeded mercury. It is the only Acalypha species native to California, where it is most abundant in the hills of San Diego County. It is a member of the chaparral plant community.

Acalypha californica California copperleaf

The plant bears hairy, juicy, toothed leaves which despite the plant's common name are light green, never copper in color. Each flower is made up of a staminate part, which appears as a long spike of tiny red and pink bracts, and a pistillate part at the base of the spike, which is a cup made up of green bracts bearing the ovary.

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Acalypha californica California copperleaf
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References

Acalypha californica Wikipedia


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