1984.000 Pilea Lindl.

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs without stinging hairs. Stipules intrapetiolar, fused to the apex. Leaves opposite, petiolate, entire or serrate. Cystoliths linear. Inflorescences axillary or apparently terminal, unisexual or bisexual, bracteate at last when young. Male flowers (2-)3-4-merous. Female flowers usually 3-merous. Achene flattened.

Worldwide: 200 species in tropical and warm areas, excluding Australasia

Malawi: 5 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
johnstonii Oliv. subsp. johnstonii SDescription, Image
johnstonii Oliv. subsp. rwandensis FriisN
rivularis Wedd. N,SDescription, Image
tetraphylla (Steud.) BlumeN,CDescription, Image
usambarensis Engl. var. usambarensis NDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Pilea:

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Flora of Mozambique: Pilea
Flora of Zambia: Pilea
Flora of Zimbabwe: Pilea
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Pilea

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Pilea
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Pilea
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Pilea
Wikipedia: Pilea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Pilea
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Pilea

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Pilea.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=478, retrieved 19 January 2022

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