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Urticaceae family

Pilea caribaea
, Symb. Antill. 5: 320 1907.

Zoti blan
Lesser Antillean endemic.
Common herb of semi-open wet spots in lower levels of lower montane rainforest, especially by paths and, less commonly, semi-evergreen seasonal forest.
St. Lucia. St. Vincent, Grenada, Barbados.

Pilea caribaea is very common and has quite long (c. 12cm) leaves, inflorescences normally shorter than the leaves. It often covers large areas.
Pilea inaequalis is rarer, with shorter leaves (c. 5cm.) with more marked veins and inflorescences often longer than the leaves and tends to be in small patches.
Pilea involucrata is very hairy, including the leaf surfaces. Leaves vary very much in size.
Pilea nummulariifolia has almost round (about 2.5cm. long) leaves and spreads along the ground and earth banks forming a carpet.

Herbal medicinal uses