Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2965

Forb
Annual
Monoecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

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

map
To see a detailed map, click here

 

DOES THE PLANT HAVE "MILKY SAP"?
Does not have milky sap

IS THE PLANT "ARMED"?
Stinging trichomes absent

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate
Petioles 2-12(18)mm 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 gracilens   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Acalypha gracilens   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 107-04-002:
Acalypha gracilens   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Slender Threeseed Mercury, Slender Copperleaf, Shortstalk Copperleaf


Click or hover over the thumbnails to see larger pictures.

image of Acalypha gracilens, Slender Threeseed Mercury, Slender Copperleaf, Shortstalk Copperleaf

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_acgr2_001_lvd

        

image of Acalypha gracilens, Slender Threeseed Mercury, Slender Copperleaf, Shortstalk Copperleaf

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_acalypha_gracilens_1

July    Catawba County    NC

Petioles of principal leaves 0.4-1.5cm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Acalypha gracilens, Slender Threeseed Mercury, Slender Copperleaf, Shortstalk Copperleaf

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_acalypha_gracilens_2

August    Catawba County    NC

image of Acalypha gracilens, Slender Threeseed Mercury, Slender Copperleaf, Shortstalk Copperleaf

JK Marlow    jkm160907_069

September    Greenville County    SC

Leaves 3-6× as long as wide, the largest < 2 cm wide, per Weakley's Flora (2020).

image of Acalypha gracilens, Slender Threeseed Mercury, Slender Copperleaf, Shortstalk Copperleaf

JK Marlow    jkm160907_072

September    Greenville County    SC

image of Acalypha gracilens, Slender Threeseed Mercury, Slender Copperleaf, Shortstalk Copperleaf

JK Marlow    jkm200920_7311

September    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

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

image of Acalypha gracilens, Slender Threeseed Mercury, Slender Copperleaf, Shortstalk Copperleaf

JK Marlow    jkm200920_7311b

September    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

Bracts subtending pistillate flwrs 9-15(16) lobed, longest lobe < 2mm long, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Acalypha gracilens, Slender Threeseed Mercury, Slender Copperleaf, Shortstalk Copperleaf

JK Marlow    jkm200920_7312

September    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

image of Acalypha gracilens, Slender Threeseed Mercury, Slender Copperleaf, Shortstalk Copperleaf

JK Marlow    jkm200920_7313

September    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

image of Acalypha gracilens, Slender Threeseed Mercury, Slender Copperleaf, Shortstalk Copperleaf

JK Marlow    jkm201006_7638

October    Greenville County    SC

image of Acalypha gracilens, Slender Threeseed Mercury, Slender Copperleaf, Shortstalk Copperleaf

JK Marlow    jkm201006_7641

October    Greenville County    SC

image of Acalypha gracilens, Slender Threeseed Mercury, Slender Copperleaf, Shortstalk Copperleaf

JK Marlow    jkm201026_7933

October    Greenville County    SC

image of Acalypha gracilens, Slender Threeseed Mercury, Slender Copperleaf, Shortstalk Copperleaf

JK Marlow    jkm201026_7935

October    Greenville County    SC