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Acalypha siamensis (Variegated Leaf)

Family Name: Euphorbiaceae
Full Sun: 6-8h Moderate Water Ornamental Foliage Woody


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Shrub

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Compact shrub, able to grow to about 1 - 2 m tall and 1 - 2 m wide.
Foliage Green leaves with patches of white, having a short petiole, serrated along the margins, elliptic to obovate in shape, alternately arranged, 
Etymology Genus name Acalypha comes from the Greek word akelpe, which means unpleasant to touch. Species siamensis means from Thailand.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, Yellow / Golden, White
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 4.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Dicot)

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Master ID 293
Species ID 1589
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Species record last updated on: 20 April 2020.