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[Acalypha virginica var. rhomboidea L.]
Etymology: Acalypha: from the Greek acklephes for "nettle," being an ancient name for a kind of nettle but applied by Linnaeus to this genus because of the nettle-like appearance of the leaves
Plants: erect, annual, 8"-24" tall forb; stems with hairs either in lines or all over
Leaves: lance-shaped to slightly rhombic, stalks about half as long as the leaf blade, alternate; with stipules and coarse teeth
Flowers: greenish, males 4-parted and females 3-parted, tiny, no petals, only sepals; inflorescence a tiny cluster from the leaf axil surrounded by many-lobed bracts; blooms July-Oct.
Fruits: capsule with 3 seeds
Habitat: full to partial sun; dry to moist; woods, disturbed sites, gardens
Conservation Status: Native
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 0, Wetland Indicator = FACU USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key