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Acalypha wilkesiana Müll. Arg.

Copperleaf, Jacob’s coat, copper leaf

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderMalpighialesA broad group encompassing 16,000 species
FamilyEuphorbiaceaeEuphorbia or spurge family
GenusAcalyphaCopperleaves or three-seeded mercuries; means “nettle”
SpecieswilkesianaMeans “narrow dangling flower”

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Acalypha amentacea Roxb. ssp. wilkesiana (Müll. Arg.) Fosberg


Acalypha wilkesiana description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 28 Jul 2023.

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Acalypha wilkesiana (copperleaf, Jacob’s coat, copper leaf)

8/31/2013 · Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, Virginia · ≈ 9 × 6″ (22 × 15 cm)

Acalypha wilkesiana (copperleaf, Jacob’s coat, copper leaf)

2/26/2010 · San Diego Zoo, San Diego, Cali­fornia ID is uncertain

Acalypha wilkesiana (copperleaf, Jacob’s coat, copper leaf)

3/2/2001 · Kula Botanical Garden, Maui, Hawaii

Range: Zones 10b-11:

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