Pilea melastomoides (Poir.) Wedd., Ann. Sci. Nat., Bot., sér. 4, 1: 186 1854. (Syn: Adicea melastomodes (Poir.) Kuntze; Dubrueilia melastomoides (Poir.) Gaud.; Pilea cuneatifolia Yamam.; Pilea elongata (Bl.) Miq.; Pilea oreophila Bl.; Pilea ovatinucula Hayata; Pilea pellucida Bl.; Pilea trinervia (Roxb.) Wight (ambiguous synonym); Pilea trinervia Roxb. (ambiguous synonym); Urtica cataractae Steud.; Urtica elongata Bl.; Urtica gibbosa Zipp. ex Bl.; Urtica melastomoides Poir.; Urtica oreophila Miq.; Urtica peduncularis Sm.; Urtica trinervia Roxb.);       
China (SW-Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, S-Yunnan), Taiwan, SE-Tibet, Java, India,
Sri Lanka,
Vietnam, Myanmar [Burma], Philippines (Luzon) as per Catalogue of Life;
Broad-leaved forests, shaded wet places by streams; 700-1800 m. SW Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, Taiwan, SE Xizang, S Yunnan [India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Vietnam] as per Flora of China

Dioecious subshrubs, glabrous. Leaves to 19 x 9 cm, ovate, acuminate, rounded at base, serrate, 3-ribbed, nervules parallel, pubescent along nervules below; lineoles crowded; petiole unequal in opposite pairs, to 10 cm long. Male panicle 10 cm across, axillary; flowers sessile, 4 mm across; perianth lobes 4, ovate, acute; stamens 4. Female panicle 2 cm across, shortly peduncled. Flowers smaller than male flowers; perianth lobes 1 mm long, stigmas 3-fid. Achenes 1 mm across, biconvex. 

Flowering and fruiting: August-December 
Evergreen and shola forests 


06-11-2010- ca.2200asl- Kodaikanal, TN; Shrub for id 131110MK2 – efloraofindia | Google Groups

Kindly help to id this shrub found near a water-falls, at bear shola in Kodaikanal.
The leaves are aromatic.
Any possibilities for this to be a Urticaceae member?
Date/Time- 06-11-2010 / 11:00 AM
Location- Place, Altitude, GPca.2200asl; Kodaikanal, TN
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- closer to water-falls
Plant Habit-shrub
Height/Length- 1 -2 m
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- 12 x 5 cm
Inflorescence Type/ Size- axillary; 5-7cm longer
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- greenish-yellow

– I think you are correct … as because the leaves imitates members of Melastomataceae

– I agree. It is easy to identify Pilea melastomoides from the swollen internode shape (though not visible in the pics). I ll post some pics the sp collected from my study area.




Shrub Id from Bangladesh SM031 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2).
Melastomataceae ?

Habit: Undergrowth Shrub

Habitat : Hill forest, along the stream

Flowering: May

Location : Kaptai NP,Chittagong Hill tracts 

Pilea trinervia Wt.

Pilea melastomoides is Synonym ?




ANOCT37 Please identify this plant : 8 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (6).  
Chikamagalur-Kemmangudi Road
14th October 2014

I am not entirely certain about the habit of the plant, it could have been shrubby. It was growing along the road

Must be some Pilea species (Urticaceae).

Pilea melastomoides

For me … is right.



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