Pilea melastomoides (Poir.) Wedd.

 
  • Family : URTICACEAE
    (Nettle Family)
  • Family (Hindi name) : BICHCHHOO FAMILY (बिच्छू फैमिली)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : URTICACEAE
  • Basionym : Urtica melastomoides Poir
  • Synonym(s) : Pilea trinervia (Roxb.) Wight; Urtica trinervia Roxb.
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Pilea melastomoides (Poir.) Wedd.
  • Vernacular name : Dongorbhori (Telugu); Narali (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Undershrub
  • Habitat : Evergreen- and shola forests, also in valleys near streams.
  • Comments / notes : Often on hills above 1200m, in sholas, often by stream banks.
  • Flower, Fruit : April-December
  • Collector(s) Name : R. Raghavendra Rao; Raja K. Swamy & Noel Sebastian
  • Collection Date : 23-11-2018
  • Collection Nos : R.R. Rao 1608; HJCB-1756
  • Collection Locality : B.R. Hills, Kethedevaragudi, Chamarajanagar district (KA); Devikulam, Idukki, Kerala
  • Distribution :
    • Andhra Pradesh : Vishakapatnam district
    • Karnataka : Chikkamagaluru district, Kolar district, Mysuru district, Hassan district
    • Kerala : Kannur district, Palakkad district, Thrissur district, Idukki district, Kottayam district, Pathanamthitta district, Kollam district, Thiruvananthapuram district, Wayanad district
    • Odisha : Koraput district
    • Tamil Nadu : Kolli Hills (Namakkal district), Shevaroy Hills (Salem district), Coimbatore district, Dindigul district, Kanyakumari district, The Nilgiri district, Theni district, Tirunelveli district
  • Native : India, Sri Lanka, Java
  • World Distribution : India, Sri Lanka, Malay Islands
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1995- Flora of Orissa Vol. 3; R. S. Rao and S. H. Sreeramulu, 1986 - Flora of Srikakulam District; N.P.Singh, 1988. Flora of Eastern Karnataka; Matthew, K.M., The Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (2). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983; Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI.; Cecil J. Saldanha, S. R. Ramesh (1984). Flora of Karnataka State vol. 1. Oxford and IBH Publishing Co, New Delhi; Rao & Razi, 1981 – A Synoptic Flora of Mysore District; Henry, Kumari & Chithra (1987). Flora of Tamilnadu, India vol. 2; Herbarium specimen from Devikulam, Idukki, Kerala (not scanned)
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. http://peninsula.ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Pilea melastomoides. Downloaded on 6 June 2020.

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