Acalypha wilkesiana Muell . Arg.

DeFilipps, Robert A. & Krupnick, Gary A., 2018, The medicinal plants of Myanmar, PhytoKeys 102, pp. 1-341 : 65-66

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Acalypha wilkesiana Muell . Arg.


Acalypha wilkesiana Muell. Arg.


Myanmar: saydan-kya. English: copperleaf, Jacob’s coat, firedragon.


Pacific Islands, the exact origin is unknown. Cultivated in Myanmar.


The species has medicinal uses in Myanmar, but Nordal (1963) does not list them.


The species has medicinal uses for ache, swelling, as a testicle altschul, and as a bacterioside (chemical found in plant shown to be effective for this purpose) ( Duke 2009).

Gallic acid, corilagin, and geraniin were isolated from an ethnol extract of the leaves of this species. These compounds were found to be responsible for the observed antimicorbioal activity ( Adesina et al. 2000).


Nordal (1963).