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PROSEA Handbook Number

8: Vegetables


Acalypha caturus Blume



Vernacular Names

Indonesia: hanjawan (West Java), goprak (Java), kalangkongan (Madura), kayu in cios (Sulawesi). Philippines: malasapsap (Tagalog), ambugtunong (Bisaya), migtanong (Bicol).


Indonesia (Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi, the Moluccas), Borneo and the Philippines. Possibly also in New Guinea.


In the Minahasa (Sulawesi) cooked leaves are eaten.


Shrub or small dioecious tree, 5—14 m tall. Leaves broadly ovate, cordate or triangular, 7.5—27 cm x 3—22 cm. In mixed or young forest and in plantations of tree crops like coffee, up to 1400 m altitude.

Selected Sources

[3]Airy Shaw, H.K., 1981. The Euphorbiaceae of Sumatra. Kew Bulletin 36: 239–374.
[4]Airy Shaw, H.K., 1982. The Euphorbiaceae of Central Malesia. Kew Bulletin 37: 1–40.
[7]Backer, C.A. & Bakhuizen van den Brink Jr, R.C., 1963–1968. Flora of Java. 3 volumes. Wolters-Noordhoff, Groningen, the Netherlands. Vol.1 (1963) 647 pp., Vol.2 (1965) 641 pp., Vol. 3 (1968) 761 pp.
[44]Heyne, K., 1927. De nuttige planten van Nederlandsch Indië [The useful plants of the Dutch East Indies]. 2nd edition. 3 volumes. Departement van Landbouw, Nijverheid en Handel in Nederlandsch Indië. 1953 pp. (3rd edition, 1950. van Hoeve, 's-G


M.H. van den Bergh

Correct Citation of this Article

Van den Bergh, M.H., 1993. Acalypha caturus Blume. In: Siemonsma, J.S and Piluek, K (Editors): Plant Resources of South-East Asia No 8: Vegetables. PROSEA Foundation, Bogor, Indonesia. Database record:

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