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Genus Pilea Family Urticaceae

Description: Herbs, dioecious or monoecious.

Leaves opposite, mostly petiolate; stipules fused.

Flowers in axillary cymes or panicles. Male flowers with usually 4 perianth segments; stamens same number as segments. Female flowers with 3 unequal perianth segments, staminodes scale-like; stigma sessile, much branched.

Achenes ± covered in persistent perianth.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 400 species, tropical regions. Australia: 1 species (naturalized).

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Pilea microphylla

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