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8. Boehmeria Jacquin, Enum. Syst. Pl. 9. 1760.

False-nettle [for G. R. Böhmer, German botanist]

Herbs, subshrubs, or shrubs , perennial, rhizomatous, without stinging hairs, sparsely to ± densely pubescent or tomentose with hooked, curved, or straight, nonstinging hairs on all parts of plant. Stems simple to freely branched, erect. Leaves opposite or nearly opposite, or alternate; stipules present. Leaf blades lanceolate to broadly ovate, base rounded to cordate, less often cuneate, margins dentate or serrate, apex acuminate; cystoliths rounded. Inflorescences axillary, spikelike or paniculate. Flowers unisexual, staminate and pistillate flowers on same plant, rarely on different plants, in remote or crowded clusters in same or separate inflorescence; bracts linear. Staminate flowers: tepals 4; stamens 4; pistillode globose. Pistillate flowers: tepals 4, connate, adnate to ovary; staminodes absent; style persistent, elongate; stigma linear, straight or hooked. Achenes sessile, laterally compressed, ovoid, nearly orbicular, or ellipsoid, tightly enclosed by persistent perianth. x = 14.

Species 50 (2 in the flora): tropical and subtropical regions worldwide.

1 Leaf blades abaxially glabrous, puberulent, or short-pilose, not white-tomentose; inflorescences spikelike.   1 Boehmeria cylindrica
+ Leaf blades abaxially densely white-tomentose; inflorescences paniculate.   2 Boehmeria nivea

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