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The scientific name of Birch-leaved acalypha: Acalypha fruticosa Forssk.
Other names: Acalypha betulina Retz., Acalypha amentcea Roxb
Name of of Birch-leaved acalypha in different languages:-
English: Birch leaved acalypha
Malayalam: Balamunja-ബാലമുഞ്ഞ, Chinnichedi-ചിന്നിചെടി
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
Useful plant parts:
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.
Alkaloids, triterpenoids, tannins, phenols, flavonoids, anthraquinones, steroids and saponins,
Anti-microbial, Anti bacterial, Anti-inflammatory, Stomachic