Pilea microphylla

Rockweed, Pilea microphylla, in Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed in a planter at Moshi, Tanzania. Dec. 2013.

This non-native plant has been introduced to many places in Africa and originates in the Americas.

Leaves: The small spatulate leaves are crowded along the stems. The margins are entire.

Flowers: Very small brownish-purple flowers are borne in clusters in the leaf axils.

Habit: Herbaceous mat former spreading a few 10s of cm covering ground or rocks.

Nettle Gall Mite

Urticaceae -- Nettle Family

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

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