Pilea umbrosa Wall. ex Bl. (Syn: Pilea producta Blume; Adicea umbrosa (Wall. ex Bl.) Kuntze; Pilea producta Bl.; Pilea umbrosa Wedd.; Pilea wallichii Wedd.; Urtica umbrosa Wall.);
S-Tibet, China (NW-Yunnan), Nepal, Bhutan, India (Arunachal Pradesh), Sikkim, Pakistan (Swat, Hazara, Murree), Jammu & Kashmir (Poonch, Jammu, Kashmir), Vietnam as per Catalogue of Life;


Kalatope id al080711: Possible id ‘Shady Himalayan Clearweed (Pilea umbrosa)’

rather dumb of me … but I was so sure that it was a nettle..(not realising that there were MANY nettles that I just took a photo of the flower and not the plant)
Location Kalatope, Chamba
Altitude 2100 mts
habit herb
habitat wild
Plant height 2 feet

I think … is right, Pilea umbrosa seems right choice.
… it does not have stinging hairs, rather soft hairs on branches.

I imagine why it is called Pilea. Pilea means “cap or hat”.


Girardinia heterophylla from Paddar valley Kishtwar J&K:

Kindly confirm my identification of this plant as Girardinia heterophylla from Paddar valley J&K.
Altitude: 1970 meters asl
Plant habit/habitat: Wild herb
Plant height: 1-3 feets

This is not Girardinia. Please check it for Pilea.

Thanks Sir for confirmation. I was taking it as Girardinia but … photo helped me to correct the ID.

Pilea umbrosa

Yes I too think that this is a species of Pilea of Urticaceae family.

SK633 10 JUL-2017:ID : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
Location: Chowrasta, Darjeeling, India
Date: 21 May  2017
Altitude: 7000 ft.
Pilea melastomoides(Poir.) Wedd. ??

Not sure about Pilea melastomoides as per images herein. Pl. also check images at Pilea scripta

I think closer to Pilea umbrosa images at as per keys in Flora of Pakistan.

SK1235 26 JUNE 2018 : 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (10) – around 600 kb each.
Location:  Pedong Reshi Rd, India
Date: 24 June 2018
Altitude: 5200 ft.
Habit : Wild
Is it Pilea ? ID ??

Yae. Appears so.

Thank you …! But ID ??

Check out with the species available in efi site at

I did check …

Pl. check with images at Pilea umbrosa
To me appears close.

PLANT FOR ID 67 SMP JUN 06 – indiantreepix | Google Groups : 3 posts by 3 authors. 2 images.
Probably last in the series of flowers snapped during Pangot Binsar trip.

Looks like Pilea species (Urticaceae).

Thanks, … It looks a bit different from Pilea scripta, the only species mentioned in ‘Concise Flowers of the Himalayas’ as per link: flowersofindia
I think it’s Pilea bracteosa as per illustration
http://www.efloras.org/object_page.aspx?object_id=50344&flora_id=2 & details at

I think appears close to Pilea umbrosaWall. ex Bl.

SK 2803 22 October 2020 : 12 posts by 2 authors. 7 images- 5 to 7 mb each.
Location: Phulchoki, Lalitpur
Date: 07 October 2020 
Elevation: 2338m.
Habit : Wild
Pilea sp.???

Pilea bracteosa Wedd. ??

I think close to Pilea umbrosa Wall. ex Bl. as per comparative images at Pilea

I guess you are right … What about Fwd: SK633 10 JUL-2017:ID. ?
Looks different.


Thank you … Leaves looked different, glabrous!


SK 2813 01 November 2020 : 6 posts by 2 authors. 5 images- 6 to 7 mb each.
Location: Kathmandu Valley
Date:  October 2020 
Elevation: 2700m.
Habitat  : Wild
Pilea bracteosa Wedd. ??

I think it’s close to Pilea umbrosa Wall. ex Bl. as per comparative images at Pilea


SK 2970 16 September 2021: 6 very high res. images.
Location: Dailekh, West Nepal
Altitude: 1353 m.
Date: 12 August 2021
Habit : Wild
Pilea … ??

I think it is close to the images at Pilea umbrosa Wall. ex Bl.

Pilea martini (H.Lév.) Hand.-Mazz.

Thank you for your email. However I am a bit confused here. Pilea martini you have
identified earlier looks different: efi thread.
This looks different, may be P. umbrosa as identified by … ?

Yes, might be P. umbrosa. These species are very similar and not easy to be distinguished from living photos. There are many micro-morphological characters are important for Pilea identification.