Acalypha hispida Burm.f., Fl. Indica 303 1768 (Syn: Acalypha densiflora Blume ; Acalypha hispida var. sanderi (N.E.Br.) J.J.Sm.; Acalypha sanderi N.E.Br.; Acalypha sanderi K.Schum.; Ricinocarpus hispidus (Burm.f.) Kuntze);
Bengali: shibjhul • English: cat’s tail, chenille plant, foxtail, red hot cat tail, red hot poker, Philippines medusa • French: queue de chat • Malay: pokok ekor kucing • Portuguese: rabo de gato • Tamil: வட்டத்தாளி vattattali • Telugu: moorukonda • Vietnamese: tai tượng đuôi chồn ;


Acalypha for ID : 230111 : AK-2:
Taken at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka on the 17th of
November, 2010. I have seen the one with Red flowers….we have it in our Nasik garden. But these were lighter flowers.

Acalypha hispida !!! an ornamental


Place :  Near Panjim Church, Goa.
Date  :   September 2010
Others :  Cultivated plant.
Flowers looks like a cat’s tail, hence the name.

Acalypha hispida.  Common name monkey’s tail.

Date/Time-Sep 2011
Location-Place, Altitude, GPS-Pune
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-Private garden
Plant Habit-Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Shrub
Height/Length- about 4 ft
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size-green
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- red bottle brush like flower
Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds- not seen

Looks like Acalypha hispida

beautiful flower. Here is mine from Panjim, Goa.

lovely! I think this is the fully developed form of the same

we knew this as chenile plant as we grew up… very common in calcutta homes..


Acalypha sp. from Alipore:
I am thankful to … and … for introducing me to the genus Acalypha – efi thread.

According to wiki this genera is the fourth largest in Euphorbiaceae family –
How do i know if the inflorescence of this genus is unisexual or bisexual – These are microscopic flowers!
Species : Acalypha sp.
Habit & Habitat : garden herb, about 3 to 4 feet
Date : 25-05-12, 1.06 p.m.
Place : The Agri-Horticultural Society of India, Kolkata
Related links :

Could it be Acalypha hispida?

100% Acalypha hispida 

Euphorbiaceae Fortnight : 02112013MR11 Acalypha hispida from Pune –MR11 :  Attachments (2). 3 posts by 2 authors.
sharing images of Acalypha hispida from Pune


Acalypha hispida (Cats tail)
gardens for its ornamental flowers.

Acalypha hispida Burm.f.
In India, cultivated – as a house plant OR ornamental in gardens.
in Vaghbil, Thane on 25 AUG 07
in Babasaheb Ambedkar Udyan, Powai on 07 JUL 07

Excellent photo.


Euphorbiaceae Fortnight : 07112013 ARK-22 : Acalypha hispida from Mumbai – October 2012 : Attachments (3). 2 posts by 2 authors.
Attached are pictures of Acalypha hispida from various gardens in Mumbai in October 2012.

Nice photos.


Euphorbiaceae Fortnight : Acalypha hispida : Sri Lanka : 081113 : AK-53 : Attachments (1). 3 posts by 2 authors.
Cat’s Tail, Acalypha hispida seen at Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya, Kandy, Sri Lanka.

Correct identification.

Euphorbiaceae Fortnight : Acalypha hispida : Nasik : 111113 : AK-71 :  Attachments (2).  2 posts by 1 author.
From our home garden in Nasik.

Yes. Nice photos.

Acalypha hispida
Kochi . A garden plant.

Acalypha hispida.

Euphorbiaceae Fortnight : 07112013 ARK-22 : Acalypha hispida from Mumbai – October 2012 : Attachments (3). 3 posts by 2 authors.
Attached are pictures of Acalypha hispida from various gardens in Mumbai in October 2012.


It is my pleasure to share few images of Acalypha hispida (Euphorbiaceae) 

Habit: Shrub 

Habitat: Cultivated, Ornamental 

Sighting: Tumkur in Karnataka about 800 msl 

Date: 15-01-2015

Wonderful indeed.

Acalypha hispida Burm.f. ??? : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Location: Relli River,Kalimpong, India
Date: 24 May  2017
Altitude: 2000 ft.

Yes, A. hispida.


Acalypha hispida Burm.f. : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Location: Kurintar, Nepal 
Date: 29 December 2013 
Altitude: 900 ft.

EUPHORBIACEAE FORTNIGHT:: Acalypha reptans? from Panipat NS-33 : Attachments (3).  4 posts by 3 authors.
Please get the id verified and let me know if this can be Acalypha reptans or A. hispida….

This species commonly cultivated is Acalypha chamaedrifolia (Lam.) Müll.Arg. (Basionym: Croton chamaedrifolius Lam.;Synonym: Acalypha reptans Sw.)

I think this has to be Acalypha hispida only unless the plant is a smaller or dwarf variety which is known by the name A.chamaedrifolia or A. reptans 


Acalypha hispida Burm.f. :: Waghbil, Thane :: Aug 25, 2007 · JUN23 DV340: 1 image.

Acalypha hispida Burm.f.
Waghbil, Thane :: Aug 25, 2007 · 12:53 PM IST :: about 3 m (10 ft) asl
Many thanks to Radha Veach for validating the ID at iNaturalist.
Earlier uploaded at efloraofindia


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