Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Annual
Monoecious
Does not have milky sap

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in Coastal Plain of NC-SC)

Look for it in woodlands and disturbed ground, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate
Petioles 3-7cm long

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Unisexual
3-5 sepals in pistillate flowers, 4 sepals in staminate flowers
Petals absent
4-8(-16?) stamens in staminate flowers

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Malpighiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Acalypha virginica   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Acalypha virginica   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 107-04-001:
Acalypha virginica   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Acalypha virginica

 

COMMON NAME:
Three-seeded Mercury, Virginia Copperleaf, Short-stalked Copperleaf


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_acvi_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_acvi_004_lvd

        

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Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_acalypha_virginica_1

August    Catawba County    NC

Petioles of principal leaves 0.8-4cm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_acalypha_virginica_2

August    Catawba County    NC

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JK Marlow    jkm160907_067

September    Greenville County    SC

Leaves pubescent, elliptic to lanceolate, apex obtuse, margin crenate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm160907_069

September    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm160907_072

September    Greenville County    SC

Stems with some (maybe very few) straight spreading trichomes, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm160907_075

September    Greenville County    SC

The longest lobe of bracts subtending pistillate flowers is usually > 3mm, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm160913_034

September    Greenville County    SC

Axillary spikes with pistillate flowers near the base, staminate toward apex, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm160913_044

September    Greenville County    SC

Bracts subtending pistillate flwrs usually w non-stipitate pointed hairs, per Weakley's Flora.