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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Acalypha wilkesiana 'Macrophylla'

Scientific name: Acalypha wilkesiana 'Macrophylla'

Common name:
Copperleaf, Joseph's Coat, Wilkes Acalypha, Chenille Copper Plant, Fire-Dragon

Family: Euphorbiaceae 
Origin: Fiji and islands of the South Pacific
Category: Shrub
Photo taken at: Selesa Hillhomes, Bukit Tinggi, Pahang

The species is named in honour of Rear Admiral Charles Wilkes (1798-1877), an American Naval Officer who explored the South Seas during the mid-1800s.

How to grow
Light : Full to partial sun
Soil : Rich, moist and well-draining
Water : Regularly
Prune : Pinch off flower buds and new shoots for a more bushy appearance, prune to desired height and shape
Propagate : Stem cuttings

It has beautiful foliage. It can be grown in a container or on the ground. It loves a warm, humid and bright environment. 

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