Boehmeria virgata subsp. macrophylla (Hornem.) Friis & Wilmot-Dear (syn: Boehmeria huegeliana Bl.; Boehmeria macrophylla (Thunb.) Hornem. (ambiguous synonym); Boehmeria massuriensis Bl.) 
(China (N-Guangdong, N-Guangxi, Guizhou, Yunnan, S-Zhejiang, SW-Sichuan), Tibet,
Russian Far East,
Bhutan, India, Laos, Nepal, Sikkim, Sri Lanka, Thailand,
Vietnam, Java,
Darjeeling, Myanmar [Burma] (Bago, Kachin, Mandalay, Sagaing,
Taninthayi), Pakistani Kashmir (Mirpur),
Jammu & Kashmir (Jammu) as per Catalogue of life) 
Keys of varieties as per Flora of China;
commonly known as: African jolanettle, false nettle, wild ramie • Chinese: 长叶苎麻 chang ye zhu ma, 水苎麻 shui zhu ma • French: bois de source noir, grande ortie, moyen l’ortie, ortie rouge • Khasi: dieng sohkhra • Thai: จ๊าป่าน cha pan; 
Flora of Davanagere District, Karnataka, India By B. K. Manjunatha, V. Krishna, T. Pullaiah (Description & Keys- Boehmeria glomerulifera Miq. & Boehmeria platyphylla D.Don (syn. of Boehmeria macrophylla Hornem.) 
Perhaps the crucial difference between B. macrophylla has membranous leaves with long slender branched spikes and B. japonica characterised by thicker (papery) leaves, rugose above with raised veins and stiff erect unbranched spikes   

Images by Prashant Awale (Id by Dinesh Valke) (Inserted by J.M.Garg) (For more images & complete details, click on the links) 


19th Sept.: On the way to Kulang gad, Igatpuri- Bhandardara region;
Urticaceae sp?? 171110-PKA2 – efloraofindia | Google Groups



Plz id this plant: pa35 – 19nov2012: Plz id this plant from Matheran region. I am not sure if it is a climber or a herb because it was very dense. I am also attached a photo of the flower spike.

Girardinia heterophyllaUtriceceae 🙂

Sorry for coming in late. Just saw this post. This is not Girardinia heterophylla [my photographs of which are in the archives of this group]. This is Boehmeria scabrella.

My apologies for wrong observation

I think it is Boehmeria macrophylla differentiated from B. scabrella (B. platyphylla var. scarella ………… correctly known as B. japonica) :

Perhaps the crucial difference between B. macrophylla has membranous leaves with long slender branched spikes and B. japonica characterised by thicker (papery) leaves, rugose above with raised veins and stiff erect unbranched spikes
The name macrophylla has been used in Indian Flora with lots of confusion. Please go through the following threads to clear confusion:



identification no 300112sn1: Kindly ID. this plant. date/time:sept11

plant habit:–
height:about 4-5 ft.

This looks like some Urticaceae sp. Check for Boehmeria ?

Boehmeria nivea?

This can be Boehmeria platyphylla….

This is Boehmeria platyphylla as … suggested. The new name is Boehmeria macrophylla Hornem
Requesting to please ID this wild plant captured at SGNP, Mumbai in September 2013. Is this some Urtica???

Boehmeria macrophylla of Urticaceae.


Pilea kingii C.E.C.Fisch. : 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)

Pilea kingii C.E.C.Fisch. wild herb/ under shrub from Jog falls area of Karnataka

Forwarding again for validation please being the first record for efi.
I could not find any images on net for this species.
Pl. also verify with large resolution specimen from GBIF at

This could be Boehmeria scabrella Gaudich. (Urticaceae)

Also check with images at Boehmeria macrophylla

Appears to be Boehmeria virgata (syn. Boehmeria macrophylla (Thunb.) Hornem.) or its varieties as per details herein.



Another Urticaceae ABAUG2016/50 : 16 posts by 3 authors. 5 images.
This large-leaved (many leaves were more than a foot long) plant very likely belongs to UrticaceaeThe leaves were shiny, each long-stalked pair perpendicular to the next one on the stem and had no stinging hairs. Stipules were prominent with new flowers beginning to come out from the leaf axils. Please help with the ID.
Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
18 August 2016.

Could this be Maoutia puya? Please advise.

Some more images from yesterday of the inflorescence to help with the ID.

Kindly check for Boehmeria platyphylla.

Thank you … I am confused between B. platyphylla and Maoutia puya. I am not sure of the difference.

Flora of Pakistan differs with FOI site in treating B. platyphylla as a different species and not as synonym of B. macrophylla. I am not sure which route to follow.

Thanks, … Pl. see Boehmeria for details.
Problem arises as no one (FOC, FOP, FON or Floras of India) wants to state when they have published a particular volume of their flora in their efloras. That’s why decision becomes difficult which one to follow. However, FOC appears to be the latest.
Boehmeria platyphylla D.Don (Tropical Africa, Pakistan eastwards to China and Japan) (syn. of Boehmeria macrophylla Hornem. as per The Plant List (published in 2014) & FOC). GRIN (updated in 2004) also supports this.
But now Catalogue of Life (released in 2016) says it to be syn. of Boehmeria virgata var. macrostachya (Wight) Friis & Wilmot-Dear & Boehmeria macrophylla (Thunb.) Hornem. is given as a syn. of Boehmeria virgata subsp. macrophylla (Hornem.) Friis & Wilmot-Dear

Further FOC say that Maoutia puya is found in Bhutan, China, NE India, Nepal, Sikkim, Vietnam & we do not have it in efi so far.
However, IBIS Flora states it to be found in HP.
To me images appears quite close to images at Boehmeria macrophylla

Thank you … Looking now at the inflorescence, I too think this is B. platyphylla (or B. macrophylla). 

Harinder Singh and M. Sharma also note the presence of Maoutia puya in Chamba district.
A couple of new photos from the day before when I visited to check on the developing flowers are attached here for reference.

4 images.

Now it is confirmed.

And this should then be B. macrophylla var. rotundifoliaPlease advise. 

3 images.

On further checking in Flora of Bhutan & Nepal checklist, I think these last three images should be of Boehmeria ternifolia as per high resolution specimens at

Requesting to please ID this plant captured at Lohagad near Pune in August 2013.

This could be Boehmeria scabrella.

One of my photographs for comparison.

Thanks … for the photographs…

The lists Boehmeria japonica as the accepted name and Boehmeria scabrella as its synonym..

Boehmeria scabrella Gaud. is an ambiguous synonym for Boehmeria virgata var. scabrella (Roxb.) Friis & Wilmot-Dear

Request for ID – 021010SC3 : Attachments (1). 15 posts by 9 authors.
Posting a photo for Id of plant.
Date / Time – 21st Aug. 2010 / 10.45 am.
Location – Place /Altitude / GPS – Amboli, Maharashtra
Habitat – Garden/ Urban/ Wild / Type – Wild
Plant Habit – Tree/Shrub / Climber /Herb – Herb

this is Acalypha indica or Indian nettle. This is growing wild in our area.

Looks like Acalypha indica

Flowers would confirm

For me the leaf margin impedes to conclude as Acalypa indica.

this could be Boehmeria macrophylla … the African jolanettle, false nettle, wild ramie.
Please wait for comment(s).

I don’t think Boehmeria macrophylla

… requesting you to take a look at these two links showing digital herbaria of Boehmeria macrophylla at
Another possibility of … plant could be a species of Laportea (syn. Fleurya, Urtica).

Should most likely to be a Urticaceae

This is not Acalypha indica. I am sure. The plant (A.indica) is available near my house- very common weed. The plant in question may be a type of stinging nettle

it looks like Boehmeria species can be B. macrophylla

This has to be an Urticaceae for sure.

As it is from Amboli, it could be Boehmeria platyphylla Talb. (B. scabrella Gaud.) of family Urticaceae.
A common shrub more common in the rainy season (also seen in the summer season) along the edges of evergreen to semievergreen forests.
One more Boehmeria malabarica Wedd. is a small tree seen occassionally in the evergreen forests close to the water course.

Appears to be Boehmeria virgata (syn. Boehmeria macrophylla (Thunb.) Hornem.) or its varieties as per details herein.


Boehmeria macrophylla in FOI : 4 posts by 3 authors.
In Boehmeria macrophylla in FOI, pl. make changes in names as per Boehmeria virgata subsp. macrophylla (Hornem.) Friis & Wilmot-Dear (syn. Boehmeria macrophylla Hornemann) following The Old World species of Boehmeria (Urticaceae, tribus Boehmerieae). A taxonomic revision– Blumea journal of plant taxonomy and plant geography 58(2):85–216 · October 2013- C. M. Wilmot-Dear Ib Friis, as per Catalogue of life.

Thanks … for pointing to the revision in names. Will correct my notes.

Thanks …, Corrected

Synonyms should also be changed as per Catalogue of life.


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