Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


  Pilea fontana (Lunell) Rydb. image
Photographer: Gary Fewless           
Family Urticaceae
Pilea fontana (Lunell) Rydb.
bog clearweed, lesser clearweed
Pilea: for shape of larger sepal in fertile flower in original species which partly covers achene, like the pileus or "felt cap," of the Romans
fontana: pertaining to springs or fountains, growing in fast-running water
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, annual, 4"-20" tall, smooth forb with no stinging hairs; often forming colonies
Flower: green, 3- to 4-parted, 1/8"; inflorescence branched clusters (cyme) from the middle and upper leaf axils; blooms July-Sept.
Fruit:oval dry, dark purple seed with pale edges
Leaf:long-stalked, opposite, shiny but not very transparent
Habitat: wet; in boggy, springy soil
(Glossary)

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Synonyms 
Adicea fontana Lunell
Pilea opaca (Lunell) Rydb.

         
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