Acalypha ¿ indica ? at Bhedaghat :: 17 SEP 13 :: DV

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Dinesh Valke

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Sep 30, 2013, 4:12:57 AM9/30/13
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Bhedaghat :: Dhuandhar Falls
Bhedaghat ... about 1348 feet ft asl
Date / Time: 17 SEP 13 at 10:13 AM ... Altitude: about 1230 ft asl

Acalypha ¿ indica ? ... (family: Euphorbiaceae)
Dear friends, hopefully this plant is A. indica. Please validate.
Are any other species of Acalypha, say A. lanceolata confusingly close to A. indica ?
Acalypha ¿ indica ? 

Acalypha ¿ indica ?
... this plant was found in the parking lot of ropeway station at Bhedaghat. The ropeway offers splendid viewing of roaring waterfalls, gorging the marble rocks - as it plunges into river Narmada. The large column of misty spray looks like cascading smoke rather than waterfall, thus lending the name Dhuandhar Falls (धूआंधार). Here are two pictures showing the views ...
Dhuandhar Falls on river Narmada 

Dhuandhar Falls on river Narmada
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Dinesh

Nidhan Singh

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Sep 30, 2013, 4:26:22 AM9/30/13
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Thanks for sharing mesmerizing pics Dinesh Ji...beautiful nature..


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J.M. Garg

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Oct 5, 2013, 8:33:47 AM10/5/13
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Forwarding again for Id confirmation or otherwise please.

 

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Oct 5, 2013, 12:44:22 PM10/5/13
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Dear Dinesh
Your photographs are excellent. The views of the water fall are fantastic and breath-taking.
I think the plant seen in your photograph is Acalypha ciliata Forssk. (Gujarati names: Dadra, Runchalo-dadri; Punjabi name: Kokali, Kuppi). The local names are not dependable as the same name is often used for several species of the genus.
The reason why I came to this species is because the female bracts in this species is leafy, folded, campanulate with fringed or fimbriate as several long finger-like lobes at the rim. Whereas in A. indica L. the female bracts are cup-shaped, denticulate into teeth along margins (not fringed or fimbriate as in A. ciliata).
However, a final confirmation can be made only by studying the morphology of flowers in detail. Please refer to the genus Acalypha in Flora of India, vol. 23: pages 90 - 105. 2012.

Dinesh Valke

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Oct 6, 2013, 7:23:20 AM10/6/13
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Thank you very very much Nambiyath ji for validating the ID. Thank you very much for elaborating the differences among the species. I would go ahead to label this photos in my flickr photostream with tentative ID as Acalypha ciliata Forssk.

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Dinesh Valke

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Oct 6, 2013, 7:24:11 AM10/6/13
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Thank you very much Garg ji for resurfacing this post for validating the ID.
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Dinesh
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