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Acalypha siamensis  Oliv. ex Gage


Botanical Name


Acalypha siamensis Oliv. ex Gage

English Name


Wild tea



Acalypha evrardii Gagnep., Acalypha sphenophylla Pax & K. Hoffm.





General Info


A shrub growing up to 4 m tall. Leaves rhombic, 2—10 cm x 1—5 cm, glabrous, coriaceous, narrowed into a blunt base, with characteristic serrate blunt tips and 5 slender vein pairs with 1 pair from the leaf base; petiole less than 1 cm long. Inflorescence a slender, puberulous raceme, about 5 cm long, upper part male, with 2 or 3 female flowers at the base; male flowers minute, in small tufts; sepals ovate, acute, ciliate; stamens about 10, filaments hairy, scale-like, lanceolate acuminate; female flowers enclosed in a large herbaceous bract. Fruit a capsule, 2.5 mm long, covered with long protuberances.

Herb Effects

Antipyretic (leaves)


PROSEA (Plant Resources of South-East Asia) Foundation



Medicinal Use

Used to treat fever, bowel complaints and kidney diseases (leaves).


Wiart, C., Hannah, A., Yassim, M., Hamimah, H., Sulaiman, M. 2004. Antimicrobial activity of Acalypha siamensis Oliv. ex Gage. J Ethnopharmacol. 95(2-3):285-6.



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