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 



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.

Attached are pictures of Acalypha hispida from various gardens in Mumbai in October 2012.

Nice photos.


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.



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

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