Acalypha ostryifolia
(Hornbeam Copperleaf)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit


Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Hornbeam Copperleaf, Three Seed Mercury, Hophornbeam Copperleaf, Pineleand Threeseed Mercury
    Synonyms: Acalypha caroliniana
      Lifespan: Annual
      Zones: N/A
      Type: Forb
      Bloom Time: July - October
      Status: Native

    Acalypha ostryifolia, or Hornbeam Copperleaf, is native to the Southern half of the United States, except California and Nevada, and is also creeping north into the Great Lakes area. It is an annual that grows in fields, along roadsides, in open forest openings, along streambanks, and along woodland edges, as well as in disturbed places and in yards. It blooms from mid summer into fall, with small non-showy white and green flowers, which are separated into male and female flowers, but on the same plant - the male flowers are small white and ball-shaped, and the female flowers are wiry, thin and green. (See below)

    This plant looks similar to some other members of the Acalypha genus, but can be distinguished by its more robust habit, and the fact that most of its leaves are heart shaped, which curl toward the base of the leaf, and come together near it, with most leaves having a reddish spot at that location - see below.

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