Laportea bulbifera (Siebold & Zucc.) Wedd., Arch. Mus. Hist. Nat. 9(1–2): 139 1856-1857. (syn: Boehmeria bodinieri H. Lév.; Fleurya bulbifera (Siebold & Zucc.) Blume ex Miq.; Laportea bulbifera subsp. dielsii (Pamp.) C.J. Chen; Laportea bulbifera subsp. latiuscula C.J. Chen; Laportea bulbifera subsp. rugosa C.J. Chen; Laportea bulbifera var. sinensis S.S. Chien; Laportea dielsii Pamp.; Laportea elevata C.J. Chen; Laportea evitata Wedd.; Laportea oleracea Wedd.; Laportea sinensis C.H. Wright; Laportea terminalis Wight; Urtica bulbifera Sieb. & Zucc.; Urtica evitata Wall.; Urticastrum bulbiferum (Sieb. & Zucc.) Kuntze; Urticastrum evitatum (Wall. ex Wedd.) Kuntze; Urticastrum oleraceum (Wedd.) Kuntze);
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Prickly herbs. Leaves 10-16 x 5-8 cm, ovate, acute at apex, cordate at base, serrate, densely bristled above; nerves to 4 pairs, reticulate; petiole to 8 cm long. Cymes terminal to 10 cm across; pedicels flattened. Achenes 2 mm across, compressed, obovoid, black.

Flowering and fruiting: November-February
Evergreen and shola forests
India and Sri Lanka
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)

SK1517 17 Oct 2018 : 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6)
Location:  Shivapuri National Park, Nepal 
Date: 24 August 2018
Elevation:7800 ft.
Habit : Wild      
Pilea bracteosa Wedd.

Forgot to put question mark. Pilea bracteosa Wedd. ???

Pl. also check species available at

Yes … I did but I guess there is no match on the efi site,.

To me looks different images and specimens of Pilea bracteosa at

Not getting id of this Pilea species as per Checklist of Nepal.

Keys in flora of Bhutan lead me to Pilea only.

Leaf pattern does not indicate towards Pilea.
What about Boehmeria sp. ??

I checked earlier, it does not match.

This one I can only identify as Laportea

Only one sp. Laportea bulbifera (Siebold & Zucc.) Wedd. is listed in Nepal and I hope ID is correct !

Any further opinion from members?

I think you’re right …

Nepali Name : पातले सिस्नु  Paatale Sisnu

पातले सिस्नु – I found in an online Nepali dictionary – it means some wild nettle. Thus the posted plant could be Urtica dioica, please check..

Oh, I missed seeing the discussion reaching the ID of Laportea bulbifera.


MS Oct.,2017/03 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)

Location : Sailam
Date : 13-10-2017
Habit : Herb with stinging hairs
Habitat : Wild

This plant is for ID. Is it Laportea bulbifera ?

Laportea bulbifera (Sieb. & Zucc.) Wedd. : 5 posts by 1 author. 5 images- 6 to 7 mb each.

Location: Kathmandu Valley
Date:  October 2020 
Elevation: 2700m.
Habitat  : Wild
Syn :  Laportea terminalis Wight


MS,Oct.,2021/76 Urticaceae for id: 3 images.
Location : Lurh tlang

Date : 03-10-2018
Habit : Herb
Habitat : Wild

Laportea bulbifera (Sieb. & Zucc.) Wedd.


MS,May,2022/14 Lapotea (bulbifera ?) for id.:
Location : Lurh tlang, Mizoram

Altitude : ca.1,700 m
Date : 03-10-2018
Habit : Herb with stinging hairs
Habitat : Wild

To me appears close as per images at


Urtica from Nilgiri Tamilnadu : 10 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2)
Urticaundershrub at 2000m altitude near Doddabetta Nilgiri Tamilnadu

It seems to be Urtica hyperborea Jacq. ex Wedd.

Surely Urtica hyperborea has never been recorded from Tamil Nadu before?

Sorry … but this plant does not come close to Urtica hyperborea…..
I am familiar with U.hyperborea from high-altitude passes in Ladakh – which is thousands of kms to the north with a completely different climate.
According to ‘Flowers of the Himalaya’ this species is distributed from Pakistan to Bhutan also Tibet and Mongolia on stony high altitude steppes @ 4100-5100m.
Stewart gives an altitudinal range for Hunza, Baltistan & Ladakh from 3600-5200m.
It is also recorded from E.Tibet North of Sikkim on mountain slopes @ 5000m.
An occurrence, albeit in the hills near Ooty, would be extraordinary.
I have never been to Tamil Nadu and know nothing of its flora.
I note there are no images of U.hyperborea on efi.

I do not know what it is but sure that it is neither U. hyperborea nor Urtica as all Urtica species have opposite leaves.
Must be some other genus in Urticaceae.

It looks like Laportea interrupta (L.)Chew,

I checked on different threads under Laportea interrupta, but I find the images different, particularly the inflorescence.

Herbs annual, monoecious. Stems straight, branched, 40-100 cm tall; stems and petioles sparsely armed with short stinging and pubescent hairs. Stipules ovate-oblong, ca. 4 mm, -not clear; leaf blade ovate or cordate, 5-8 × 4-5.5 cm, herba-ceous, 3-veined, lateral basal pair reaching middle margin, lateral veins 5 or 6 each side of midvein, reaching teeth, both surfaces sparsely armed with short, stinging hairs, base abruptly cuneate or shallowly cordate, margin serrate, apex acuminate; cystoliths botuliform, regularly arranged abaxially along veins. Inflorescences axillary, long spicate, to 25 cm, glomerules at intervals along elongated peduncle consequent upon great reduction of the lateral branches, sparsely armed with minutely stinging hairs.
based on the characters I have identified ; flower is not clear; you can observe these characters in the pictures; As per K.M Mathews Flora Karnatika and Tamilnadu and As per eflora China the description is verified; Please observe the inflorescence branches; The images given by Flora of Mozambique, and other threads are different;
pls observe them they are close to our friends images

Laportea bulbifera (Sieb. & Zucc.) Wedd. ??

Looking so …

The image is of  Laportea bulbifera (Siebold & Zucc.) Wedd., a stinging plant common in the Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu. The female inflorescence can be seen in the upper axils and the male inflorescence in the lower axils. The female flowers are with winged pedicels.
This taxon was named Laportea terminalis by Wight in Icones Plantarum India Orientalis (1853), presently the name is synonymized under Laportea bulbifera (Siebold & Zucc.) Wedd.


MS,Nov.,2021/37 Laportea sp. ? for id.:
Location : Sailam, Mizoram

Date : 13-10-2017
Habit : Herb or Sub-shrub
Habitat : Wild

Laportea bulbifera (Siebold & Zucc.) Wedd. would be correct !


SK 3587 22 July 2022: 7 very high res. images.

Location: Chandragiri, Kathmandu, Nepal
Date: 18 July 2022
Altitude: 2300m.
Habitat : Wild

Pl. check

Pl. check Laportea bulbifera (Siebold & Zucc.) Wedd.


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