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Pilea microphylla (Linn.) Liebman., Vidensk. Salsk. Skr. 5 (2):302. 1851. Hook.f., Fl.Brit. Ind. 5:551. 1885: Hutch., Dalz. & Keay, Fl. W Trop.Afr. (revised ed.) 1 (2): 621. 1958; Ball in Tutin et al., Fl. Europ. 1:68. 1964. R.R.Stewart l.c.

  • Parietaria microphylla Linn.
  • Pilea muscosa Lindl.

    Annual or biennial, prostrate or procumbent suberect, fleshy, glabrous herb. Leaves anisophyllous, with filiform, 2-3 mm long petiole; lamina obovate, elliptic or suborbicular, up to 10 mm long and 6 mm broad, entire, cuneate at the base, obtuse; stipules minute. Inflorescence of axillary compact, globose flower clusters. Flowers yellowish green. Sepals ovate, acute. Achenes oblong.

    FI.Per.: March-August.

    Type: Described from tropical America.

    Distribution: Tropical America, Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.

    The “gunpowder” or “Artillery plant”, a native of tropical America, is widespread in tropical and subtropical regions throughout the world. It is commonly cultivated in pots in gardens.


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