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18. Pilea somae Hayata, Icon. Pl. Formosan. 6: 50. 1916.

细叶冷水花 xi ye leng shui hua

Description from Flora of China

Pilea funkikensis Hayata var. somae (Hayata) S. S. Ying.

Herbs perennial, sometimes woody at base, glabrous, dioecious. Stems ascending, 50-60 cm tall. Stipules persistent, broadly triangular, ca. 1.5 mm, membranous, veinless; petiole subequal or unequal in length, 0.5-7.5 cm; leaf blade elliptic to oblong-lanceolate, subequal or unequal in size, 2.5-15 × 1-5 cm, membranous to herbaceous, 3-veined, lateral veins inconspicuous, reticulate, prominent abaxially, base cuneate, margin serrulate to tip, apex acuminate. Inflorescences in pairs, male a dichotomously branched paniculate cyme, 2.4-6.5 cm overall, peduncle 2.5-4.5 cm; female cymes 0.5-4 cm, shortly pedunculate. Male flowers pedicellate, in bud obovoid, ca. 2 mm; perianth lobes 4, ovate, connate about 1/2 of length; stamens 4; rudimentary ovary small, conic. Female flowers subsessile, in bud ca. 1.4 mm; perianth lobes connate at base, unequal, abaxial lobe cymbiform, longer, subapically corniculate; staminodes 3, scale-like, oblong. Achene subglobose, 0.7-0.8 mm, slightly compressed, oblique, indistinctly verrucose. Fl. Mar-Jun, fr. Jul-Sep.

* Shaded wet places in forests, near streams, sunny roadsides and rocks in moist places; 100-900 m. S Taiwan.


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