Copperleaf, Jacob's coat Monoecious shrub, to 2.5 m tall; stems sparsely pubescent in age, the young parts densely pubescent. Leaves alternate, simple; petioles to 7 cm long, with a broad band of trichomes above near apex; blades ovate-cordate, abruptly acuminate, 10-25 cm long, 8-15 cm wide, dentate with gland-tipped teeth, maroon beneath, sparsely pubescent on veins; veins at base 5, palmate. Spikes axillary, 6-20 cm long, 3-8 mm wide, reddish, the pistillate bracts 5-6 nun long, divided almost to base, purple-violet; pistil to 1 mm long, 1.2 mm wide; styles 3, free, purple-violet, to 5 mm long, each with numerous filiform. segments. Fruits not seen. Croat 8658. Cultivated in the Laboratory Clearing. Flowers in the dry season. BCI plants would be best considered var. macageana W. Miller.