Acalypha chinensis Roxb.
Acalypha gemina (Lour.) Spreng.
Acalypha indica minima (H.Keng) S.F.Huang & T.C.Huang
Acalypha lanceolata Benth.
Acalypha minima H.Keng
Acalypha pauciflora Hornem.
Acalypha sessilis Poir.
Acalypha virgata Thunb.
Meterana dimidiata Raf.
Ricinocarpus australis (L.) Kuntze
Acalypha australis is an erect, much-branched, annual herb that can grow from 30 - 60cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
A widespread weed of cultivated ground and waste places in east Asia, it has become naturalized in areas outside its native range[
]. This weed is highly harmful to crops despite its small size[
E. Asia - China, Japan.
Waste places and cultivated fields in lowland areas all over Japan[
]. Disturbed habitats such as cultivated fields, roadsides and riverbanks[
Acalypha australis has a wide native range from the temperate zone of Japan and China to the tropics of Indo-China.
The whole plant is used to cure dysentery, diarrhoea, scrofula, dermatitis, nosebleed, haemoptysis, as well as to stop coughs and to cure swollen feet[
The leaves are febrifuge, depurative, vulnerary[
]. They are used in poulticing snake bites[