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:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pilea
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Pilea
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Pilea
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Pilea
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Pilea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Pilea
JSTOR Plant Science: Pilea
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pilea
Plants of the World Online: Pilea
Tropicos: Pilea
Wikipedia: Pilea

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Pilea.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=478, retrieved 21 May 2024

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