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Boehmeria Jacq., Enum.Pl.Carib. 9:31. 1760. Stirp. Amer. 246.t. 157. 1762; Brandis & Stewart,For.Fl.N.W. & Cent. Ind. 403. 1874; Benth. & Hook.f., Gen. Pl. 3:387. 1880; Rendle in Prain, Fl.Trop.Afr.6(2): 284. 1916; Hutch., Gen. Fl.Pl.1:188.1967.

Monoecious or dioecious, somewhat pubescent shrubs or small trees. Leaves 3-costate, alternate or opposite, serrate, rarely bibbed; stipules free lateral, deciduous. Inflorescence of spicate or paniculate, globose unisexual clusters of flowers. Flowers bracteate. Calyx of male flowers, (3-)4(-5)-lobed, lobes valvate; tubular-ventricose, with 2-4 teeth at narrow mouth in female flowers. Stamens (3-)4(-5). Ovary sessile or stipitate, free from calyx; style terminal, filiform, laterally pilose and stigmatic, persistent; pistillode clavate or subglobose in male flowers. Achene with brittle pericarp, enveloped by dry membranous female calyx. Seed endospermous.

A genus of about 100 species, distributed in tropical and subtropical regions.

Lower Taxon


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