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16a. Pilea verrucosa var. verrucosa

疣果冷水花(原变种) liu guo leng shui hua (yuan bian zhong)

Pilea gracillis Handel-Mazzetti; P. nanchuanensis C. J. Chen; P. purpurella C. J. Chen; P. symmeria Weddell var. subcoriacea Handel-Mazzetti.

Petiole 1-7 cm; leaf blade elliptic or oblong lanceolate, 3-18 × 1.8-5 cm, papery, 3-veined, base rounded or broadly cuneate; Achene ca. 0.7 mm, verrucose. Fl. Apr-May, fr. May-Jul.

Shaded wet places in forests, near streams; 400-1600 m. Chongqing, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Sichuan, Yunnan [N Vietnam].

After publication, it was found that the correct name of this taxon is Pilea gracilis Handel-Mazzetti (see Chen & Monro, Novon 17: 26. 2007).

The plants are used medicinally to stimulate the spleen and relieve edema.


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