Pilea pumila (L.) Gray

Pilea pumila plant

Family - Urticaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Pilea pumila stemTranslucent stem.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Pilea pumila flowersFlower close-up.

Flowering - July - October.

Habitat - Rich woods, low woods, alluvial soils, wet woods along streams.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This species can be found throughout Missouri and is quite common in the habitats mentioned above. It is an easily identified plant because of its clear, succulent stems, small green flowers, and habitat. Other species in this family are similar but none has the translucent, succulent stems of P. pumila.

Photographs taken in Brown Summit, NC., 9-21-02.