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  Pilea microphylla
  Family Name : Urticaceae

  Synonyms : Pilea mucosa

  Common Names : Artillery Plant, Gunpowder Plant, Pistol Plant

Artillery Plant,Gunpowder Plant,Pistol Plant
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Shrub (Trailing)
      Maximum Height :
      0.2 m to 0.3 m
      Maximum Plant Spread / Crown Width :
      0.6 m
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Mexico to Brazil
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Low-growing, succulent with a spreading growth habit and short life cycle (1 - 3 years). Resembles a fern.
      Foliage: Small, fleshy leaves are lanceolate to spatulate with smooth edges (0.6 - 1.2 cm long).
      Flowers: Small greenish to white flowers occur in the leaf axils.
      Cultivation :
      This species grows best in a humid environment. It is usually resistant to most insects and diseases. Occasionally, leaf spots and stem rot may occur or spider mites and mealybugs may attack. Plants grown indoors usually do not produce flowers or fruits. Propagate by stem cuttings.
      Etymology :
      It is commonly known as the Artillery Plant, because male flower release pollen with explosive force.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Foliage
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Water Preference :
      Lots of Water
  • Foliar
    • Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Green - Light Green
      Leaf Area Index (LAI) * for Green Plot Ratio :
      4.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Dicot)

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