Shady Himalayan Clearweed
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Shady Himalayan Clearweed
ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: Shady Himalayan Clearweed
Botanical name: Pilea umbrosa    Family: Urticaceae (Nettle family)

Shady Himalayan Clearweed is forest plant with erect stem 30-50 cm, often densely covered with hairs. Oppositely arranged elliptic-ovate or oblong leaves are acute or long pointed, with coarsely toothed margin. The leaf blade has 3 prominent nerves, and has a rounded or heart-shaped base. Flowers are minute, greenish-white, pinkish or purple. Male flowers are borne in widely branched clusters 10-15 cm long. The clusters discharge clouds of pollen when shaken. Female clusters are 6 cm long. Shady Himalayan Clearweed is found in Himalayan forests at altitudes of 1200-2500 m. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed on McLeodganj-Triund route, Himachal Pradesh.
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