Common Name : Indian copperleaf Family : Euphorbiaceae Habit : Erect annual herb; up to 60 cm tall. Stem : Branches numerous, long, ascending, angular, finely pubescent. Leaves : 2.5 - 7.0 cm long and 2-2.5 cm broad, ovaterhombic, with long petiole, arranged spirally; blades acute, margins crenate-serrate. Flowers : Flowers unisexual, stalkless, borne on numerous lax, erect, elongate axillary spikes longer than the leaves. Male flowers are minute, crowded distally. Female flowers are scattered along the inflorescence axis, each subtended by a conspicuous semi-cupular leaflike, toothed, green bract, nearly 7 mm long. Fruits : Capsules, three valved, covered with persistent bracts. Seeds : Ovoid, smooth and pale brown.