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Acalypha hispida Red cat tales Ekor kucing Euphorbiaceae
 

Acalypha hispida, Red cat tales, Euphorbiaceae, Ekor kucing

 
Acalypha hispida, Red cat tales, Euphorbiaceae, Ekor kucing	Thought to be from Malaysia, this upright, soft-stemmed shrub is grown for its striking, tiny, bright red flowers that hang in pendulous, tassel-like spikes on the female plants.
Leaves are large, oval and bright green to reddish bronze. It reaches a height and spread of 6 ft (1.8 m).
Regular pruning will maintain a bushy shape. It does best in sheltered sites in full sun.
Cultivation: They need a sunny to semi-shaded position, well-drained, light soil with plenty of water and protection from wind.
Prune lightly to shape followed by additional feeding and watering.
Propagate from cuttings .
Medical use: Acalypha hispida leaf extracts are used locally for the treatment of skin infections.

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