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Kuppaimeni/Indian Nettle Plant


Binomial Name – Acalypha indica

  • Kingdom – Plantae
  • Family     – Euphorbiaceae
  • Genus     – Acalypha
  • Species   – A. indica
Name – Kuppaimeni/Acalypha Indica/Indian Nettle/குப்பைமேனி
Binomial Name – Acalypha indica

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Kuppaimeni/Indian Nettle/Acalypha Indica  is an herbaceous annual that has catkin-like inflorescences with cup-shaped involucres surrounding the minute flowers.

Kuppaimeni is a medicinal plant, popular in Tamil Medicines. The scientific name of kuppaimeni is Acalypha Indica. This plant has many benefits like curing constipation and various skin related diseases.

It is mainly known for its root being attractive to domestic cats, and for its various medicinal uses. It occurs throughout the Tropics.

It grows in disturbed places such as waste lands, road sides, crevices in walls.

It also grows in rocky hillsides, forest edges and river banks.

It prefers moist and shaded places. It grows from sea-level up to 1350 m altitude.

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