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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Acalypha amentacea Roxb. subsp. wilkesiana
(Müll. Arg.) Fosberg
Wilkes’ copperleaf

Acalypha amentacea
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Family: Euphorbiaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Shrub

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Pacific Islands; widely cultivated and sometimes naturalized elsewhere.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Not Native, Naturalized

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

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FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Present

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Not Native, Naturalized

Map of select IRC data for the Florida Keys

Florida Keys History and Distribution: Not reported for the Florida Keys by John Kunkel Small in 1913. Collected once in 1981 by W.C. Brumbach on Big Pine Key (9732, FTG). Perhaps sparingly naturalized.

Other data on Acalypha amentacea subsp. wilkesiana available from :


Acalypha amentacea subsp. wilkesiana has been reported from the following conservation area in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge Present Not Native, Cultivated Only




Acalypha amentacea subsp. wilkesiana has been reported for the following habitat in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Disturbed Upland


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Acalypha amentacea
Copyright by: Forest & Kim Starr