Pilea hyalina (Urticaceae), a new record for Asia from Peninsular India

Jeomol K.K. & P. Sunojkumar

Published on : 30-Jun-2020

DOI : https://dx.doi.org/10.22244/rheedea.2020.30.02.07


Pilea hyalina Fenzl (Urticaceae), a species indigenous to the Neotropics is reported here as a new record for Asia based on collections from four South Indian states (Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu). This species had previously been known to occur only in Central and South America, but has recently been reported from Hawaii and Belgium, outside its area of nativity. A detailed description along with an illustration and photographic images are provided. The number of species of Pilea in Peninsular India is seven, according to the present report.