Pilea microphylla

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Pilea microphylla


Herb up to 30 cm high, with branched stems, usually monoecious. Stems 0.5-5 mm thick, glabrous. Leaves of a pair unequal; stipules lacking (?); petiole up to 0.4 cm long; blade papyraceous, broadly obovate to narrowly obovate, elliptic to narrowly elliptic or ovate to broadly ovate to suborbicular, 0.1-1 x 0.1-0.5 cm, apex rounded, obtuse or subacute, base attenuate to acute or obtuse to rounded, margin entire, both surfaces glabrous; secondary veins lacking. Inflorescences in the leaf axils, subsessile or up to 0.2 cm long pedunculate, sparsely branched, with up to ca. 15, subsessile flowers. Staminate flowers: tepals ca. 0.3 mm long. Pistillate flowers: tepals 0.1-0.3 mm long. Achene ca. 0.3 mm long.


Guianas present, elsewhere in the tropics, tropical America present
Throughout tropical America (introduced elsewhere in the tropics); in several parts, like in the Guianas, as a weed.