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

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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

 

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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


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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

Stems erect, pubescent. Leaf petioles 0.2-1.2(-1.8)cm, per Flora of North America.

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

Inflorescences axilary, bisexual (pistillate flwrs proximal, staminate distal), per Flora of North America.

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

Pistillate bracts sessile-glandular, lobes deltate, 1/10–1/4 bract length, per Flora of North America.

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

JK Marlow    jkm200920_7312

September    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

Teeth of the involucral bracts triangular (vs. lanceolate in A. rhomboidea), per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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