Nature conservation

Threatened species

Acalypha - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Acalypha eremorum
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 19 Nov 2018


Acalypha is an open-branched twiggy-looking shrub 2 – 4 m tall. The branches have conspicuous raised spots and often bear spines at the tips. The rounded, almost stalkless leaves are 0.3 – 3.5 cm long, with blunt teeth and five to seven veins on each side of the midrib. They are paler below and when young may be softly hairy. In drought the plant is often completely leafless. Tiny male and female flowers occur separately but on the same plant. The fruits are globular, though somewhat flattened, capsules about 3 mm in diameter.


Though widespread and moderately common in south-east Queensland, in NSW it occurs in only a few localities, including the Chaelundi, Lismore and Burringbar areas.

Habitat and ecology

  • Subtropical rainforest, dry rainforest and vine thickets.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW North CoastDalmorton Known None
South Eastern QueenslandBurringbar-Conondale Ranges Known None
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Lowlands Predicted None
South Eastern QueenslandScenic Rim Known None
South Eastern QueenslandSunshine Coast-Gold Coast Lowlands Predicted None
South Eastern QueenslandWoodenbong Predicted None