Pilea microphylla (L.) Liebm.

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Pilea microphylla

Photo: Bart Wursten
La Rochelle

Pilea microphylla

Photo: Bart Wursten
La Rochelle

Pilea microphylla

Photo: Bart Wursten
La Rochelle

Pilea microphylla

Photo: Bart Wursten
La Rochelle

Pilea microphylla

Photo: Bart Wursten
La Rochelle

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Synonyms: Pilea muscosa Lindl.
Common names: Artillery plant (English) Gunpowder plant (English)
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Introduced
Description:
Erect or procumbent, usually mat-forming, annual or short-lived perennial, herb, up to 30 cm. Stems slightly fleshy. Stipules up to 1 mm. Leaves of a pair very unequal in size: petiole 0.5-6 mm; lamina 1-15 × 0.5-4 mm, usually obovate, smooth and glabrous; apex rounded; margin entire. Inflorescence a small pedunculate to subsessile cymose cluster, 1-2 together in the leaf axils. Achene 0.5-0.8 mm, obovoid, brown, smooth.
Notes: The specimens in the photographs appear to be a first record for the Eastern Division
Derivation of specific name: microphylla: small-leaved
Habitat: A weed of well-irrigated gardens.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Probably native in tropical Central America, widely naturalised in subtropical and tropical areas of the world.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Wednesday 29 February 2012
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Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Pilea microphylla

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African Plant Database: Pilea microphylla
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Pilea microphylla
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Pilea microphylla
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Pilea microphylla
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Pilea microphylla
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Pilea microphylla
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Pilea microphylla
Ispot Southern Africa : Pilea microphylla
JSTOR Plant Science: Pilea microphylla
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Pilea microphylla
Tropicos: Pilea microphylla
West African Plants database: Pilea microphylla


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Pilea microphylla.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=120580, retrieved 5 December 2016

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