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Birch-leaved acalypha

The scientific name of Birch-leaved acalypha: Acalypha fruticosa Forssk.

Other names: Acalypha betulina Retz., Acalypha amentcea Roxb

Family: Euphorbiaceae.

Name of of Birch-leaved acalypha in different languages:-

English: Birch leaved acalypha

Hindi: Cinni

Sanskrit: Cinni

Malayalam: Balamunja-ബാലമുഞ്ഞ, Chinnichedi-ചിന്നിചെടി 

Tamil: Sinni

Plant description:

It is a deciduous shrub, erect, branched ; grow up to 2.4 m high, habitat- Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala. The leaves are arranged alternately oblong to ovate, more or less round or sub-acute and almost 5 nerved at the base, toothed margin, on a slender glabrescent petiole 1.3-2.5 cm long, apex acuminate to acute or rarely blunt while young, 2.5-5.0 cm long, membranous, roughish above, softly puberulous beneath. Flowers are minute, greenish, clustered, sessile, forming slender, sessile spikes arising singly or by 2 to 3 from above the scars of the fallen leaves, the females at the very base of the spike or in separate small cluster-like few flowered spikes in the axis of the young leaves.

Propagation:  Stem cuttings

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-tapered Margin-Serrated Venation-Arcuated
Ovate-tapered Margin_Serrated--Forward-teething Arcuated

Useful plant parts:

Leaves, root

Medicinal uses:

Prescribed in digestive disorders, dyspepsia, colic, diarrhoea. Leaves are agreeable stomachic in dyspepsia and other ailment, in the treatments of  skin diseases, wounds and poisonous bites. 

Chemical content:

Alkaloids, triterpenoids, tannins, phenols, flavonoids, anthraquinones, steroids and saponins,

Medicinal properties:

Anti-microbial, Anti bacterial, Anti-inflammatory, Stomachic

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