Pilea microphylla

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  • Botanical Name : Pilea microphylla (L.) Liebm.
  • Synonyms : Parietaria microphylla L.
  • Common Name : Artillery-Plant, Gunpowder Plant, Military Fern, Pistol Plant, Chanapatti
  • Common Name Details :

    The plant is called Gun Powder plant because of the cloud of pollen discharged from the anthers when the hanging baskets or pots shaken.

  • Plant Family : Urticaceae
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 20

About Pilea microphylla Plant :

  • Habit : A small, perennial herb.
  • Leaves : Very small, about less than a quarter inch.
  • Inflorescence : Axillary clusters
  • Flowers :
    • Monoecious, very small, reddish.
    • Male flowers with sepals 3-4, stamens 3-4.
    • Female flowers with sepals 3, ovary triangular, stigma sessile, with 3 small staminodes.
  • Fruit : Achene small.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : May - September
  • Significance :
    • It is generally cultivated in the gardens.
    • The plant is grown in pots or rockery for its beautiful, delicate, compact leaves.