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Urticaceae family

Pilea involucrata
(Sims) Urban
, Symb. Antill. 1: 298. 1899.
Bas.: Urtica involucrata Sims (1824).

Indigenous rare herb of wet, dark ravines and the forest edge.
Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad, Mesoamerica, South America.


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