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Genus Pipturus Family Urticaceae

Description: Shrubs or small trees, rarely ± climbing; dioecious.

Leaves alternate, 3–5-veined from base, often tomentose below; stipules interpetiolar, shed very early.

Inflorescence axillary spikes, flowers in separated globose clusters. Male flowers usually 4- or 5-merous. Female perianth ovoid, toothed at apex; stigma exserted, hairy on 1 side.

Achene enclosed in slightly enlarged and fleshy perianth; achenes clustered at nodes to form a ± multiple fruit.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 40–50 species, Mascarene Is., Malesia, Australia & Polynesia. Australia: 1 species (native).

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept:

Taxa not yet included in identification key
Pipturus argenteus


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