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Genus Boehmeria Family Urticaceae

Description: Shrubs or small trees, mostly dioecious.

Leaves opposite or alternate, mostly toothed, 3-veined from base; stipules usually free, shed early.

Inflorescence spike-like, flowers clustered, most flowers unisexual. Male flowers with 4-lobed perianth, stamens 4. Female flowers with tubular perianth, often compressed or inflated on one side, 2–4-toothed; stigma elongate, pilose on 1 side.

Achene enclosed by the withered perianth.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 100 species, mainly tropical regions. Australia: 2 species, Qld, N.S.W., N.T.

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Boehmeria macrophylla

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