Overview

Distribution

National Distribution

United States

Origin: Exotic

Regularity: Regularly occurring

Currently: Unknown/Undetermined

Confidence: Confident

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introduced; Fla.; West Indies.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Description

Shrubs or subshrubs , 1.5-5 dm. Stems 10-30-branched, erect or diffusely ascending. Leaf blades with members of pair unequal, the larger obovate, 5-10 × 4-6 mm, the smaller nearly orbiculate to orbiculate-cordate, 2-5 mm wide, margins entire. Inflorescences crowded. Flowers ca. 0.3-0.5 mm across. Achenes uniformly light brown, slightly compressed, ovoid-cylindric, ca. 0.7 × 0.5 mm, pebbled.
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Diagnostic Description

Synonym

Urtica trianthemoides Swartz, Kongl. Vetensk. Acad. Nya Handl. 8: 68. 1787
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Ecology

Habitat

Waste places, moist thickets, persisting after cultivation; 0-20m.
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Life History and Behavior

Cyclicity

Flowering/Fruiting

Flowering all year.
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Conservation

Conservation Status

National NatureServe Conservation Status

United States

Rounded National Status Rank: NNA - Not Applicable

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NatureServe Conservation Status

Rounded Global Status Rank: GNR - Not Yet Ranked

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Wikipedia

Pilea trianthemoides

Pilea trianthemoides (Artillery Plant) is a species of shrubs or subshrubs in the Urticaceae family, native to Florida and the Caribbean islands, where it grows in waste places and moist thickets. It flowers year round.

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Notes

Comments

The group including Pilea microphylla and P . trianthemoides is in need of taxonomic study. Although in the United States these two species generally can be separated without difficulty, in the West Indies they appear to intergrade. In the West Indies, P . trianthemoides is sometimes treated as P . microphylla var. trianthemoides (Swartz) Grisebach. 

 The name Pilea serpyllifolia (Poiret) Weddell was misapplied to this taxon by J. K. Small.

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