copperleaf

copper-leaf

[kop-er-leef]
noun, plural copper-leaves.
a Pacific Islands plant, Acalypha wilkesiana, of the spurge family, having showy, bronzy-green, usually red-mottled foliage and grown as an ornamental or houseplant.
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copperleaf

(genus Acalypha), any of several plants of the spurge family (Euphorbiaceae), but usually A. wilkesiana, a popular shrub of tropical gardens that has red, blotched reddish brown, and pink foliage. It is also known widely as Jacob's coat and as match-me-if-you-can. The copperleaf is native to Polynesia. It reaches about 3 m (10 feet) in height, and one variety attains about 6 m (20 feet)

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