Acalypha eremorum Müll.Arg. APNI*
Description: Erect, virgate shrub to 4 m high, with simple hairs; plant can be completely leafless in drought
Leaves lanceolate, ovate or spathulate, 0.3–3.5 cm long, 2–15 mm wide, glabrous or hairy on both surfaces, discolorous, margins crenate.
Inflorescence axillary and solitary, unisexual, often produced while whole plant is leafless. Female inflorescence spicate, flowers sessile, sepals 3, sparsely hairy. Male inflorescence racemose, male flowers with pedicels 0.4–1 mm long, glabrous or sparsely hairy.
Fruit depressed-globose, c. 3 mm diam.
Flowering: Flowers September– June.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in subtropical and dry rainforest; north from Lismore district.
In subtropical and dry rainforest.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NWS
Other Australian states: Qld
Threatened species: NSW TSCA: Endangered
A. eremorum has been confused with A. capillipes, the differences are: A. capillipes has a distinctive bark of long ridges of cream-coloured flaky bark on the older stems; A. eremorum does not have this, the stems are conspicuously lenticellate.
Text by T. A. James & G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 Suppl. (1999)
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